Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic
Welcome to the Cornell University Law School Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic website. We are one of the only law school clinics in the country that focus exclusively on appellate immigration cases. Under the supervision of the Clinic Directors, law students represent immigrants fleeing persecution in their appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Since the clinic’s founding in 2003, dozens of Law School students have worked on many significant cases, including the rights of mentally challenged detainees.
The Clinic has won nearly half the cases it has taken, which is a far greater rate of victory than most appeals before the BIA. Many clinic participants continue to work in immigration law after graduation either in NGOs or by taking asylum cases on a pro bono basis while working at private firms.
Students work intensely during the course of one semester to review the transcripts of hearings before the Immigration Judge, interview the client, develop the factual and legal theory of the case, and write an appeal brief to the BIA. Students learn, among other things, research skills, interview skills (including using interpreters), development of the theory of the case, and brief writing skills. Participants often consider the Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy Clinic to be among their most meaningful law school experiences.
Please use the links on the left to learn more about the Cornell Immigration Appellate Law and Advocacy and its important work.