July 12, 2018 — Ten years ago, Jeff Leung emigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. to begin his higher education. Today, he is helping immigrants from Vietnam address legal matters as they get acclimated to their new lives.
|University of Houston Law Center student Jeff Leung|
Leung, a second-year student at the University of Houston Law Center, is working with clients and increasing his knowledge of immigration law while interning with Boat People SOS in Houston. The non-profit organization specializes in empowering, organizing and equipping Vietnamese individuals and communities through legal services and resettlement programs.
As an intern, Leung is reviewing legal documents and handling other responsibilities that would normally be given to a first-year associate.
"I am responsible for filing the different immigration papers and just helping clients," Leung said. "I get to meet with clients, understand what are their special needs and concerns and find out what would be the best way to help them with their immigration needs."
Leung's experience has helped him gain analytical and communication skills. He said he hopes to better understand the needs of clients in the rapidly-evolving practice of immigration law.
"I want to learn everything I can about immigration and then eventually establish connections," Leung said, "I would also really like to give back to society because I myself am an immigrant and I know that it is really hard to file the immigration papers."
One of Leung's favorite courses at the Law Center was an international business transaction class that could potentially propel him to a global legal career.
"After law school, I would see myself either being a lawyer in Houston or being an international lawyer in the Asian Pacific area," Leung said.