Immigration Law & Policy

I will never forget two extraordinary days from the immigration law clinic last year: the day our client was released from detention, and a few weeks later, when the judge granted her asylum. The feelings of pride, excitement and gratitude were unlike anything else I have experienced in law school, or even in life outside of school. The class component dovetails perfectly with the main case, so you have an opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of an immigration case, and then immediately put them into practice. It was a truly inspiring experience that has reinforced my desire to go into immigration law.

 

- Molly Kincaid, class of 2013

The Bacon Immigration Law & Policy Program generates immigration policy research, expands opportunities for students to gain exposure to immigration issues, encourages the interdisciplinary engagement with immigration issues, and provides services to immigrants in Southern Arizona. The Program serves as an umbrella for all the law school's immigration-related offerings, including its Immigration Law and Workers' Rights Clinics, doctrinal courses, internships, and opportunities to undertake supervised research on immigration issues.

Arizona is an unparalleled place to research the on-the-ground effects of federal and state immigration policies. The Bacon Program offers students opportunities to become involved in policy research projects, and particularly focuses on research on the impact of immigration enforcement policies on vulnerable populations.

Our student opportunities include the Immigration Law Clinic and the Workers' Rights Clinic.  These clinics allow students to serve immigration detainees and low-wage immigrant workers in Southern Arizona, under the supervision of experienced immigration law attorneys.

Our current focus areas of policy research are: Women in Immigration Detention Facilities, Immigrant Women Workers' Rights, Immigration and the Child Welfare System, and The Impact of SB 1070

We conduct significant outreach in Southern Arizona, giving informational presentations and collaborating with other UA Departments and local organizations.

Arizona Law's  Immigration Law Students Association (ILSA) is active on campus and in the community, annually sponsoring a naturalization ceremony for new citizens, hosting speakers and workshops, and facilitating relationships with the immigration law bar.