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Refugee Clinic

The Drake Refugee Clinic provides students with the opportunity to engage in direct client representation on behalf of applicants for asylum. 

Students will work on affirmative asylum cases before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, defensive asylum cases before the immigration courts, and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal appellate courts. The clinic receives client referrals from non-profit organizations across the state of Iowa.

Enrollment in the Refugee Clinic is open to 2L and 3L students who are concurrently enrolled in or have completed Immigration Law. 


Suzan Pritchett, Director of Clinical and Experiential Programs; Associate Professor of Law
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Allison McCarthy, Clinical Teaching Fellow

For Prospective Clients:

The Drake Refugee Clinic will accept new clients throughout the year as resources permit. Consultations for new potential clients will be scheduled periodically. If you wish to inquire about legal representation by the Refugee Clinic, please contact the Refugee Clinic at


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