Our Clients

All students in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic represent immigrants in removal (deportation) proceedings. Our clients include asylum seekers, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, individuals with past criminal convictions, and undocumented individuals with longstanding ties to the United States. Students litigate cases before the San Francisco Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Students also present applications for relief before other federal immigration agencies and negotiate with government attorneys to avoid the deportation of their clients. Students in the clinic assume responsibility for all aspects of litigation, including interviewing clients and witnesses, investigating facts, performing legal research, writing motions and other pleadings, and developing case strategies. Students argue motions and conduct mini-trials in which they perform direct examination of clients and their witnesses and any cross examination of government witnesses.

Orion Danjuma ('10) on His Time in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Aimee Krause ('13) on Her Time in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic

Our Clients
“My time in the Immigrants' Rights Clinic has been the most valuable part of my SLS education. It taught me what it means to advocate for my clients' interests, and showed me the myriad of ways that I, as a lawyer, can be a part of real and lasting change. Whether I could affect one person's life through direct services or thousands through an advocacy project, I am so grateful for the opportunity to develop my lawyering skills as part of the IRC!”