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Chapin, Violeta Raquel

Faculty Director of the Immigration and Citizenship Law Program Citizenship Law Program


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research overview

  • Professor Chapin is interested in how the immigration law operates in the criminal sphere, specifically, in the way that rights and procedures typically associated with the criminal justice system have been affected by their interaction with the civil immigration system. Professor Chapin is a clinical professor, so the practical aspects of delivering holistic legal services to noncitizens charged with crimes is also a subject of her research and writing.


  • the interaction of immigration law and criminal law, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, the delivery of holistic legal services to noncitizen criminal defendants who need free representation in their immigration matter


courses taught

  • LAWS 6029 - Criminal and Immigration Defense Clinic
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides thorough grounding in problems of criminal defense. Students defend indigent misdemeanants in Boulder courts. Develops working knowledge of courtroom skills.
  • LAWS 7019 - Advanced Clinical Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
    Enables a clinical student an optional 1-3 credits to complete advanced legal work in the Clinical Education Program. Course must follow enrollment in an existing clinical offering already successfully completed. Permission of the appropriate clinical faculty member required. For each credit taken, a clinical student must complete a minimum of 50 hours of legal work, all of which shall be graded pass/graded. A clinical student may complete 1-3 credits of work over the course of no more than two semesters. A clinical student may earn no more than 3 credits total over the student's law school career.


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