Immigration Project Clinic Practicum
Professors Lauris Wren and Patrick Young
Maximum Enrollment: 8 Students
Students in the Immigration Project 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.
As a prerequisite, all students in the Immigration Project need to have already taken Immigration Law. Additionally, students need 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.