In the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC), law students, working in teams under the supervision of clinical faculty, represent noncitizen clients in a variety of immigration matters; engage in immigrant rights’ advocacy projects; and conduct intakes at immigration detention centers in conjunction with attorneys from the PAIR Project. The types of cases that IJC students handle include applications for asylum, U-visas, T-visas, and other forms of relief, as well as bond hearings in Immigration Court. Students manage all aspects of their cases, including interviewing, fact development, legal research, drafting and oral advocacy.


Northeastern Law Students to Offer Assistance at Immigration Detention Center in Dilley, Texas
Dilley, Texas, is home to the nation’s largest family detention center. At the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center, immigrant mothers and children — mostly fleeing extreme violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — need lawyers. For one week in May, Northeastern law students, under the auspices of the school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, will help meet that need. The students will be assisting the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP), a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign, which operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that offers direct representation.
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IJC Wins First Asylum Case
Immigrant Justice Clinic has won its first asylum case. The grant of asylum for a woman and her son from Mexico was the culmination of almost a year of clinic work among six different students and the two faculty directors, Rachel Rosenbloom and Hemanth Gundavaram.
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Immigrant Justice Clinic Achieves First Victory
Northeastern University School of Law’s new Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) has achieved its first victory. Students Tess Foley ’18 and Alicia Cook ’18 secured the release of their client from an immigration detention center.
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Report Documents Harmful Effects of Immigration Enforcement at Massachusetts Courthouses
A new report released on March 2, 2018, by the Northeastern University School of Law Immigrant Justice Clinic documents the harmful effects of arrests of immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at courthouses in Massachusetts.
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Recent Press

Recent Events

Immigrant Justice Clinic Launch and Kick Off Celebration  

IJC CollageOn Thursday, February 1, 2018, the School of Law community gathered to celebrate the launch of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. 

On Thursday, February 1, the School of Law community gathered to celebrate the launch of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Marielena Hincapié ’96, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, delivered the keynote address. “Those of us who are privileged enough to be citizens must act. This is not a moment to sit back and watch,” she said. “These times are difficult and they’re hard but it’s also a great time to be alive. There is not a better time to be a law student. There is not a better time to be a lawyer.” 

A distinguished group of Northeastern law graduates from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s participated in a panel discussion of the evolution of the immigration law curriculum at Northeastern and the current challenges and opportunities for immigrants’ rights advocates.

Thank you to our panelists: 
Deborah Anker ’75, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Founder and Director, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Virginia Benzan ’03, Training Officer, Boston Sub-Office of the Newark Asylum Office, US Citizenship and Immigration Service
Leslie DiTrani ’94, Principal, DiTrani Law
Richard Iandoli ’76, Partner, Iandoli Desai & Cronin
Nancy Kelly ’84, Co-Director, Immigration Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services, and Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer, Harvard Law School
Ragini Shah ’99, Clinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
John Willshire Carrera ’85, Co-Director, Immigration Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services, and Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer, Harvard Law School

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Faculty Co-Directors

For more information, contact:

Professor Hemanth Gundavaram
Tel: (617) 373-6802

Professor Rachel Rosenbloom
Tel: (617) 373-3066