North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic Partners with College of Lake County

The Clinic is pleased to announce a partnership with College of Lake County (CLC). The Clinic’s Immigration Law Practice has teamed up with CLC’s Division of Student Life to offer by appointment immigration clinics and educational presentations for CLC’s immigrant students. Clinic attorneys will offer students the opportunity to receive free, professional legal assistance. They will provide a full-service immigration intake to determine if a student is eligible for forms of immigration relief, such as DACA, VAWA, U Visa, asylum, family-based immigration or any other form of relief. Presentations will include information about Know Your Rights, DACA, and updates to policy and law. Clinics and presentations will be virtual until further notice in an effort to safely serve students during the pandemic.

“Students are our future, and we recognize that immigrant students often experience economic and geographic barriers to accessing legal services. Together we can make a difference in their lives by being accessible and giving them the trusted, confidential legal help and information that they need to live productive and secure lives,” said Director of Immigration Law Practice Lia Kim-Yi. “The Clinic wants to reach every individual in need of access to justice in Lake County. This partnership is another way for us to serve the community and its residents, improve access to justice, and give a hand-up to those who need it most during these challenging times.”

“We are so excited to partner with the Clinic to provide much-needed pro bono legal services in immigration to CLC students this year, with the constantly shifting landscape of DACA and other immigration programs and policies in the midst of a pandemic and a change in administration,” said Jenny Lee, faculty and CLC Title IX Deputy Coordinator. “I’m especially thankful to the Clinic’s Immigration Director Lia Kim-Yi, CLC Dean of Student Life Gabe Lara, and Vice President of Student Development Karen Hlavin for fully supporting this partnership and ensuring that so many of our students will be able to gain access to legal services they otherwise would not have.”

Information about upcoming clinics and presentations will be forwarded to students enrolled at CLC. For more information about the CLC program please contact Dr. Gabe Lara, Dean - Division of Student Life, at 847-543-2963 or To schedule a free clinic or presentation with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic for an organization, please contact or call 847-737-4042.

ABOUT NORTH SUBURBAN LEGAL AID CLINIC: Mayor Nancy Rotering founded the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic on May 1, 2015. The Clinic provides accessible, quality pro-bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives. The Clinic is U.S. Bureau of Immigration Affairs accredited for legal work in immigration law. The Clinic does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation, allowing all clients, regardless of immigration status, to be served. This significantly distinguishes the Clinic from other regional legal aid clinics. The Clinic is located at 491 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park, IL. For more information about North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, visit

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.

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