The Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic at Gonzaga Law School serves low-income individuals and families who need immigration law advice and representation. While providing crucial legal assistance for this underserved population, the Immigration Clinic allows Gonzaga Law students to gain practical immigration law education and training in a supervised setting. The Clinic offers legal help on family reunification, humanitarian protection, citizenship advocacy, and other matters.
Questions? Contact Immigration Clinic Director Megan Case
Creation of the Immigration Clinic
The Immigration Clinic came together in August 2019 as a result of a dynamic and innovative conversation between Catholic Charities and the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University Law School. Both organizations saw a cutting-edge opportunity to create a joint venture that would accomplish two important goals. First, it allows Gonzaga Law students to gain legal experience in what Pope Francis has called the sentinel issue in the Catholic Church today. Second, it allows Catholic Charities to greatly expand the number of people in need who can now be served with added assistance from students.
About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities Eastern Washington affirms the dignity of our most vulnerable neighbors by offering collaborative and innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing Eastern Washington. Carrying forth Christ's love, the organization responds in crisis to ease the suffering of individuals and families, stabilize lives by connecting clients to their communities and advocate in hope to help people make progress in their own lives.
Students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic will work with low-income families and individuals in need of immigration representation and counselling. Immigration Clinic students meet together two hours each week in a classroom component. These sessions allow students to work together to identify and develop case strategies and techniques for working with various arms of the immigration bureaucracy. This time also allows for broader discussion of the theoretical and ethical dimensions of immigration law practice.
Cost of Services:
We exclusively serve low-income clients and offer our services on a pro bono basis. Clients who do not qualify for pro bono services will be referred to Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services program, where low-cost services are available.
Location & Hours:
The Immigration Clinic is a Gonzaga University Legal Assistance clinic located in the Center for Law and Justice at Gonzaga University School of Law.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Students must have completed 60 credits to enroll in the Immigration Clinic
3 to 6 credit hours offered
This is a course on the substantive law regulating immigration to the United States and the regulation of non-citizens. Topics covered include the constitutional law aspects of the immigration and removal process, admission, conduct of hearings, relief from removal, and asylum. In addition, the operation of the Immigration Acts of 1996 and other new laws will be discussed.
This class aims to develop or improve students' ability to:
- understand the rights and options afforded to immigrants by U.S. law
- critically evaluate theoretical frameworks for immigration law
- analyze and constructively discuss current issues, including implementation issues, relating to immigration
- conceptualize law reform around immigration
- reflect on their experiences and themselves as advocates
- communicate with clients in culturally competent ways
- work competently with interpreters
- communicate complex abstract ideas, both orally and in writing, in a coherent structured fashion in clear and direct English