Immigration Law and Human Rights

Help those without a voice

Lawyers working in state and federal governments play a key role in shaping and enforcing immigration laws and policies such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or the use of detention facilities at the border. When working directly with clients seeking citizenship or residence on a temporary or permanent basis, you must help your clients navigate these laws and policies to find a legal path to live or work in this country. Under the guidance of the experts in our Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice, you will develop the unique skills and understanding of the immigration system to help clients at all levels of the court system.

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Explore the Immigration Law and Human Rights Curriculum

If you are interested in immigration law, our diverse course offering and extensive experiential learning opportunities will help you understand the many nuances of this area of the law.

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  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy
  • American College of Trial Lawyers’ Advanced Trial Skills Program
  • Citizenship Seminar
  • Constitutional Law I: Governance
  • Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law Seminar: Race and the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Health and International Human Rights Seminar
  • Human Rights in the U.S. Law: Legal Theory and Practice
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Policy Seminar
  • International Human Rights Seminar
  • Asper Judicial Externship
  • Criminal Law Prosecutorial Externship Workshop
  • Public Interest Externship Workshop
  • If/When/How
  • Immigration Law and Policy Association
  • Maryland Public Interest Law Project
  • Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class

Immigration Law and Policy Association

The Immigration Law and Policy Association stimulates student interest and involvement in the legal and political issues that impact and define the immigrant experience. The Association encourages greater student involvement with respect to immigrant issues through various edification efforts and community outreach initiatives.

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Clinics at Maryland Carey Law

Many of our clinics serve immigrants, but in our Immigration Clinic and Appellate Immigration Clinic you will get real-world advocacy experience representing individuals fleeing persecution, those facing deportation because of criminal conviction, and those who have been the target of abusive enforcement practices.

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Tonya Foley ’21

“I feel strongly about using the privilege of this education to help people. The immigration system is so complicated that legal representation can make all the difference."


Examples of where our graduates have been employed:

Staff Attorney, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights

CEO/Founder, Human Rights for Kids

Senior Legal Advisor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Decriminalization and Human Rights Attorney, Disability Rights Maryland

Policy Associate, Center for Policing Equity

Senior Attorney, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights

Attorney Advisor (Board of Immigration Appeals), Department of Justice

Legislative Counsel, US House of Representatives

Attorney Advisor, Baltimore Immigration Court

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