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Immigration Clinic

The Immigration Clinic collaborates with local nonprofits, governmental agencies, and community advocates to identify foster children in need of immigration services. The clinic also provides legal advice and referral at events organized by community agencies, non-profits and elected officials.

These services include:

  1. Immigration Petitions for Special Juvenile Status (SIJ)
  2. Naturalization through adoption by a US Citizen or for children who previously obtained lawful permanent status through SIJ
  3. Retrieval of immigration documents or records to establish immigration status
  4. General information sessions on immigration

The foster children are represented by certified limited practice students, who are mentored by Professor Evelyn H. Cruz, the clinic’s faculty director.

Students who participate in the clinic are able to:

  • Represent abused, neglected, abandoned children in immigration proceedings and state dependency
  • Draft motions, briefs, legal correspondence, closing statements, and direct examination questions
  • Provide brief consultations at legal fairs to individuals with immigration law questions
  • Research law and country conditions, interview and prepare experts/witnesses, investigate and document case facts
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Course information

The Immigration Clinic is a one semester course.

  • Credits: six graded credits
  • Pre- or Co-Requisite(s): Evidence, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law & Professional Responsibility

Time commitment

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 270 totals hours in the Clinic during the one semester.

  • Fall or Spring Semester – 20 hours per week (135 hours per semester)

Included in those total hours is a mandatory seminar class of a minimum of six hours per week.

Student Applications Dates for Clinic:

Spring 2020: 
Applications: September 28th - October 28th, 2019
Offers extended to students: November 6, 2019
Student acceptances due: November 8, 2019

Fall 2020: 
Applications: January TBA - March TBA
Offers extended to students: March TBA
Student acceptances due: March TBA

**IMPORTANT!* - Pursuant to the Statement of Student Policies, Clinics – Students who have applied for a clinic and have been accepted may decline upon offer without consequence. However, once a student has accepted a clinic offered, any student who drops the clinic without prior approval by the dean’s designee will be subject to the 12-month ban.

Application for the Immigration Clinic

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Evelyn Cruz
Evelyn Cruz

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Immigration Clinic