Students are strongly encouraged to seek counsel from an attorney for all legal matters related to their immigration status. The Longhorn Dreamers project offers recommendations and referrals, but at no time should this information substitute legal advice regarding students' immigration status or eligibility for DACA. Listed below are some of the many FREE and low cost services available to undocumented students.
Free Legal Services on Campus
Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law
737 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin TX 78705
Phone: (512) 232- 1292
Need help applying for DACA?
The Pro Bono Program at the University of Texas School of Law will assist undocumented students who qualify for immigration relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order issued on June 15, 2012. To sign up to attend a clinic, call the Pro Bono Office at (512) 232-2990. Please leave a message with your name and number and a volunteer will return your call. You can also sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other immigration matters, the UT Law Immigration Clinic will not be able to handle a large volume of individual cases and will select cases that involve more complex eligibility issues. This clinic only operates during the spring and fall semesters; during that time they are open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All inquiries and intakes must be completed over the phone by calling 512-232-1292. The clinic cannot assist walk-ins.
UT Law Immigration Clinic consists of student attorneys, working under supervision of licensed attorneys, in order to provide crucial representation to vulnerable low-income immigrants before the immigration courts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts.
The UT International Office
The International Office on campus does provide immigration advising, however services are focused for J-1 and F-1 visa holders. Dreamers are encouraged to meet with an international student advisor at the International Office for resource referrals and assistance navigating university departments, however advisors cannot offer legal advice related to undocumented student immigration matters.
UT Legal Services for Students
Currently, The University of Texas at Austin Legal Services for Students does not provide consultations for immigration matters. Please visit their web page to learn more about the other legal services provided.
Free Legal Services In the Community
University Leadership Initiative
Pro se clinics are designed for college students. Applicants will be pre-screened and then scheduled to attend a pro se assisted clinic to complete their DACA application. Please contact ULI for more information and clinic location.
Low Cost Legal Services in the Community
314 East Highland Mall Blvd., Ste. 501, Austin, TX 78752
Phone: (512) 478- 0546
Walk-in screening interviews available Monday-Thursday 9 am- 5 pm.
If you qualify for services you will be given a packet with general information and a checklist of all the documents and information you will need to collect before being scheduled for a DACA appointment.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas Immigration Legal Services
1625 Rutherford Lane, Bldg. A, 2nd Fl., Austin, TX 78754
Phone: (512) 651-6100
By appointment only. Call for information on scheduling an appointment.
Casa Marianella Immigration Legal Services
821 Gunter Street, Austin TX 78702
Phone: (512) 385-5571
Walk-ins or appointments available. Individual meetings Thursday afternoons, 1-5 pm.
Additional Information/Other Legal Resources
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (IRLC) is a national non-profit resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials and advocacy to advance immigrant rights.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) provides publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups and pro-bono attorneys.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) If you believe a student’s rights have been violated, you can contact the San Antonio MALDEF office at (210) 224-5476.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) online Case Analysis Service provides analysis of possible immigration remedies and benefits to immigrant students nationwide. This free and anonymous service is intended for immigrant students who do not yet have legal residency or citizenship in the United States. Students should be under 35 years old.
***If you need private legal help, please contact the Central Texas Lawyer Referral Service at (512) 472-8303 for a referral. Report notaries public or attorneys who take money without providing services or otherwise commit misconduct to the Office of the Attorney General of Texas or the State Bar of Texas at 1-800-932-1900.