Immigration Law

Immigration affects all aspects of our society, from individual lives to the cultural and economic success of our communities. As an immigration attorney, you can have a rewarding and meaningful career whether you directly serve clients, make change through legislation, or work in the government. At USF, you’ll build your practical and theoretical foundation for a career in immigration law.

Law students listening in a classroom. Our coursework is taught by leading scholars and immigration experts and practitioners. Courses provide opportunities to delve into topics like immigration, employment, family, and administrative law.

Our externships offer upper-division students the opportunity to gain useful practical experience and make meaningful professional connections, while earning academic credit. With our central location in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, your education will extend beyond the classroom.

Our new Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic, led by Prof. Bill Hing, provides students opportunities to represent real clients seeking asylum and/or special immigrant juvenile status in deportation cases. In 2014-2015, we represented 60 cases involving unaccompanied minors as well as mothers with children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, where gang and drug violence continues to rage. Under the supervision of the director and supervising attorney, students represent clients in all phases of immigration proceedings, at the asylum office, the immigration courts, and adjudication offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

Select Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law



  • Public Interest Law


  • Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic

Representative Externships

  • Asylum Access
  • Becker & Lee Immigration
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • Immigration Center for Women and Children
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Student Organizations

  • Family Law Society
  • Immigration Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • Labor and Employment Law Student Association
  • Public Interest Law Foundation