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Immigration Clinic

The immigration clinic offers hand-on legal experience and direct contact with pro bono clients under the direct supervision of attorneys and the director. We handle various types of cases including the following:

  • Asylum, Withholding, CAT
  • T Visas for Victims of Human Trafficking
  • U Visas for Crime Victims
  • VAWA for Abused and Battered Immigrant Spouses
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status 
  • Fiance Visas
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Waivers
  • Citizenship and Naturalization
  • Removal Litigation before the Immigration Court
  • Appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Federal Cases before the 5th Circuit 

The online application for legal clinics is now available for students to start applying for Spring 2023 clinical courses. Students are asked to apply by Thursday, November 3 for fullest consideration. 
Below is the link to apply:

The immigration clinic dates and time for Spring 2023 is January 17, 2023 - April 25, 2023, on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm CST. The immigration clinic is for 4 credit hours and it is graded on a curve. It requires 200 clinic hours. Clinic students cannot be employed during this time. We recommend a lighter course load. Feel free to contact the Immigration Clinic Director, Teresa Messer, at if you have any questions. 

The Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center specializes in handling applications for asylum on behalf of victims of torture and persecution, in representing immigrants who have been the victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and crime, and children and those fleeing civil war, genocide or political repression. Students also give presentations to outside organizations that deal with Immigrant Issues and give individual assistance to immigrants held in immigration detention centers.

Students may begin taking the clinic beginning their 2L year and even during the summer between 1L and 2L years. In addition, there are no prerequisites.  Clinic students are assigned a variety of immigration cases. Under close faculty supervision, they are responsible for handling the cases from the initial interview through the conclusion of the case, including trial, if needed.

The Immigration Clinic has a classroom component that meets for two hours a week for 14 weeks over the course of the semester. The classroom component provides students with an understanding of the basics of asylum law, citizenship, removal defense, and laws protecting immigrant victims of human trafficking and family violence.  The classroom component focuses on teaching advocacy skills and substantive immigration law to equip students to represent immigrants before the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review (the immigration courts) and other federal agencies.


Semester/Credit Hours



Immigration Clinic I

Fall, Spring & Summer
4 Credit Hours, graded.

Students must complete 50 hours for every credit.

Good academic standing.

Students must attend a mandatory 2 ½ day orientation held from Wednesday to Friday before the first day of school.

Immigration Clinic II

Fall, Spring & Summer
Credit hours vary.

Completion of Clinic I.
Good academic standing.