UCLA Law students gain invaluable exposure to immigration law on the local, regional and national levels. Our faculty includes esteemed teachers and scholars who offer a broad range of courses that include Immigration Law, Immigrants' Rights, Noncitizens in the Criminal Justice System, and Political Asylum and Refugee Law. Students also are encouraged to attend frequent discussions and talks featuring distinguished professors, practitioners, and advocates.
Students with an interest in immigration law practice have extraordinary opportunities for hands-on experience. Students have represented individuals and families in our Immigrant Family Legal Clinic, advised community organizations on legislative and policy matters in our Immigrants' Rights Policy Clinic, and represented noncitizens in immigration-related criminal law cases in our Criminal Defense Clinic. Through initiatives organized by Law Students for Immigrant Justice (LSIJ) and El Centro Legal, UCLA Law's student-coordinated network of volunteer legal aid clinics, students help asylum seekers, undocumented immigrants in dire circumstances, or individuals and families facing deportation.
UCLA Law's summer public interest funding, full-time and part-time externships during the academic year, and postgraduate public service fellowship program have enabled students to work at many nonprofit organizations (such as Al Otro Lado, the Immigration Center for Women and Children, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), the National Immigration Law Center, and many others) where they gain the experience they need to join our alumni at the leading edge of immigration law and policy.
In spring 2020, the School of Law received a substantial gift to establish a new Center for Immigration Law and Policy. The Center will allow UCLA Law to expand current programs and undertake new initiatives.