Washington University in St. Louis opens immigration clinic

The School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis has launched a new immigration clinic, aimed at helping students learn how to handle immigration matters affecting low - to moderate-income people, the school has announced. 

“The goal of the Immigration Law Clinic is to provide upper-level law students hands-on experience working with clients to resolve their immigration legal issues,” said Katie Meyer, assistant professor of practice and director of the clinic.

“Law students will learn the essential skills of lawyering that will prepare them to practice law in any settings,” she said. “Specifically, students will learn the complexities of U.S. immigration law through the direct practice of representing non-U.S. citizens and their families.”

The launch of the new clinic brings to 18 the number of clinical courses available to law students at the university.

The school’s law clinics provide free legal assistance to underrepresented individuals and organizations that cannot otherwise afford legal representation while also working to benefit Missouri and Illinois communities. For instance, a clinic such as this one also serves as an additional source of high-quality free immigration legal services in the St. Louis area.

Washington University law students were the driving force behind the opening of the Immigration Law Clinic, Meyer noted.

“The first group of students are highly qualified and highly motivated to make the clinic a success,” Meyer said. “I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”