List of the Best Immigration Law Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Learn about highly ranked law schools offering degree programs that include immigration law classes. See what makes these schools stand out, and find out more about degree and program options.

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Immigration law Juris Doctor programs may be covered as an area of concentration or as a field clinic. The schools described boast respected immigration law clinics that commonly assist practicing firms or advocacy organizations with immigrant and refugee rights issues. The following schools all offer outstanding immigration law education. They provide free services to immigrants through resource centers, all of which allow students the opportunity to work with people one-on-one.

New York University in New York City

The Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University is a premiere institution with regard to local and national immigrants rights' cases. NYU's J.D. program offers an area of concentration in public interest, which includes the fields of criminal justice, international human rights and immigration.

Direct experience in immigration law can be gained from a year-long field clinic program offered by the law school. The Immigrant Rights Clinic offers the opportunity for students to assist with legal representation of community organizations and immigrants at all levels. For 2017, U.S. News & World Report designated NYU the sixth-best law school in the country.

University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

The Immigration Law Program at the University of Virginia provides the necessary knowledge for interested students to become acquainted with legal and public policy issues affecting immigration. Every year, students take a foundational immigration law course and attend seminars in Refugee Law and Policy as well as Citizenship and Group Identity.

The selection of advanced immigration law courses frequently available includes anti-terrorism law, international human rights, and refugee law. A number of internship opportunities in immigration law are offered, including a semester-long clinic with the Legal Aid Justice Center, an immigrant advocacy organization that provides students the type of hands-on experiences that will prepare them for their careers. The law school was tied for eighth on the U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list.

City University of New York School of Law in Long Island City

While earning a law degree at City University of New York, students can work in the Immigration and Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, which offers free services to immigrants in need of legal services. Students gain real-world experience through involvement in many aspects of cases, including research, writing, oral argument, interviewing, and policy advocacy. Upon earning a J.D., graduates are well prepared to pursue legal careers focused specifically on immigration law. The school was ranked #3 among all law schools for clinical training by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Top Immigration Law Programs

Here are some more universities with strong educational offerings in immigration law.

School Name Distinction Location
Columbia University Students can practice advocacy with the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights New York, NY
Cornell University Operates the International Human Rights Clinic Ithaca, NY
Harvard University Home to the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic Cambridge, MA
University of California Students can join the campus Immigration Law Society Los Angeles, CA
University of Chicago Home to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Chicago, IL
University of Washington Immigration law clinic serves clients of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Seattle, WA
Yale University Operates the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic New Haven, CT

Aspiring lawyers who want to focus on immigration law can find programs that offer specialized coursework and real-world clinical opportunities in the field at many well-regarded schools.

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