Immigration Clinical Practicum

Professors Lauris Wren and Patrick Young
Maximum Enrollment:
8 Students
2-credit course

Students in the Immigration Clinical Practicum represent clients on various immigration applications, including naturalization, adjustment and family petitions. Most students are partnered with the Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN), a Hempstead nonprofit.

Students are required to attend a half-day training at the beginning of the semester.

Students are then assigned to assist clients in preparing and filing immigration applications and to represent clients at immigration hearings or interviews before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Students’ work includes:

  • engaging in fact-gathering and legal research to determine clients’ eligibility for relief,
  • counseling clients on whether and how to move forward with their applications,
  • preparing the applications,
  • gathering the necessary supporting documentation, and, ultimately,
  • preparing clients to give testimony in front of immigration hearing officers.