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

Within Juris Doctor (J.D.) programs, immigration law may be covered as an area of concentration or as a field clinic. Students participating in immigration law clinics commonly assist practicing firms or advocacy organizations with immigrant and refugee rights issues. New York University (NYU) and the University of Virginia (UVA) each host a highly ranked law school with programs in immigration law.

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Top Law Schools for Immigration Law

1. New York University in New York, NY

Founded in 1831, NYU has a student population of over 40,000 and is one of the largest private universities in the nation. U.S. News & World Report placed NYU 33rd in its 2011 ranking of the best national colleges. In 2010, the publication also ranked the university sixth among top law schools in the U.S.

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. Participants engage in direct representation of individuals and groups at all court levels or work for advocacy campaigns, where they performs tasks such as legislative drafting and media strategizing.

Contact Information

  • Address: 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
  • Phone Number: (212) 998-1212

2. University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

UVA is a renowned public research university ranked 25th in the nation by the 2011 U.S. News & World Report list of top schools in the U.S. The school was also first in a ranking of the top ten best value in public colleges in Princeton Review's 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges.

The UVA School of Law, which was ranked tenth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2010, offers a foundational immigration law course every year. The selection of advanced immigration law courses frequently available includes antiterrorism 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.

Contact Information

  • Address: Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone Number: (434) 924-0311

List of U.S. Schools with Immigration Law Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 Austin, TX 78712 (512) 471-3434
University of Washington 45,943 1400 NE Campus Pkwy., Seattle, WA 98195 (206) 543-2100
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 (212) 998-1212
University of California, Los Angeles 38,550 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095 (310) 825-4321
George Mason University 32,067 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 993-1000
Boston University 31,960 One Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-2000
University of California, Davis 31,247 One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616 (530) 752-1011
University of Nevada - Las Vegas 29,080 4505 South Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154 (702) 895-3011
Harvard University 27,651 Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1000
University of Virginia 24,355 Charlottesville, VA 22904 (434) 924-0311
Columbia University in the City of New York 24,230 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (212) 854-1754
Cornell University 20,633 Ithaca, NY 14853 (607) 255-2000
University of Chicago 15,094 5801 South Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637 (773) 702-1234
Yale University 11,593New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 432-1333
Suffolk University 9,148 Eight Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108 (617) 573-8000
Stetson University 3,790 421 North Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL 32723 (386) 822-7000
University of California Hastings College of Law 1,347 200 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 565-4600
Southwestern Law School 1,082 3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 (213) 738-6700
CUNY School of Law at Queens College 407 65-21 Main St., Flushing, NY 11367 (718) 340-4200
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