Nicole Hallett

Nicole Hallett

Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

Nicole Hallett is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and directs the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, which provides legal representation to immigrant communities in Chicago, including individual representation of immigrants in removal proceedings, immigration-related complex federal litigation, and policy and community education projects on behalf of community-based organizations. Her scholarship focuses on immigration and labor/employment law, and in particular, how laws in these areas either promote or impede collective action and power-building in subordinated communities. In her practice, she specializes in creative lawyering through complex litigation and multi-pronged advocacy. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, The Nation, the Today Show, the Intercept, and the Associated Press, among other places.

For more background on Professor Hallett’s work and advocacy, please see Charlie Savage, Testing Novel Power, Trump Administration Detains Palestinian After Sentence Ends, N.Y. Times, Mar. 26, 2019; Liz, Robbins, Owner Was Target, but Restaurant Workers Are Swept Up in Immigration Raids, N.Y. Times, Nov. 11, 2016, and Sarah Maslin Nir, The Price of Nice Nails, N.Y. Times, May 7, 2015.

She was previously an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she founded and directed the Community Justice Clinic and the US-Mexico Border Clinic, and a Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow at Yale Law School, where she co-taught the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. Before beginning her teaching career, she was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at the Community Development Project of Urban Justice Center in New York City, where she represented victims of human trafficking and labor exploitation. After graduating from Yale Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Mark R. Kravitz on the United States District Court of the District of Connecticut and the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also has a master’s degree from the University of Oxford in Refugee Studies.


Yale Law School
JD, 2008

University of Oxford, St. Cross College
Master of Science, 2005

DePauw University
Bachelor of Arts, 2003


The University of Chicago Law School
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, 2020-present

University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York
Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Associate Professor of Law, 2016-2019

Yale Law School
Clinical Lecturer in Law and Robert M. Cover Clinical Teaching Fellow, 2013-2016

New York University School of Law
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, 2012-2013

Urban Justice Center, Community Development Project
Staff Attorney, 2010-2013

Judge Rosemary Pooler, U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Law Clerk, 2009-2010

Judge Mark Kravitz, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
Law Clerk, 2008-2009

Yale University
Adjunct Instructor, 2007, 2008, 2011

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
Legal Intern, 2007

U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division
Legal Intern, 2006

National Human Rights Commission of Korea
Human rights researcher and United Nations liaison, 2003-2004

  • Member, Board of Directors, Justice for Migrant Families, 2018-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Worker Justice Center of New York, 2018-present
  • NYIC Collaborative – Steering Committee, 2017-present
  • ABA Rule of Law Initiative – Short-Term Legal Expert, 2017-present