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Clinical Professor, Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, Harvard University

Sabrineh Ardalan is director at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. At the clinic, Ardalan supervises and trains law students working on applications for asylum and other humanitarian protections, as well as appellate litigation and policy advocacy. She has authored amicus briefs submitted to the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as to the federal district courts and circuit courts of appeal on cutting edge issues in U.S. asylum law. She also oversees and collaborates closely with the clinic’s social work staff. She teaches courses on immigration and refugee law and advocacy and on trauma, refugees, and the law.

Prior to her work with the clinic, Ardalan clerked for Hon. Michael A. Chagares of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Hon. Raymond J. Dearie, district judge for the Eastern District of New York. She previously served as the Equal Justice America fellow at The Opportunity Agenda, where she worked on advocacy around a right to health care under U.S. and international law and as a litigation associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history and international studies from Yale College.

Areas of Interest

Refugee and Asylum Law: Immigration
Human Rights: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Gender and the Law: Gender Asylum


  • –present
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Law School, Harvard University


  • 2002 
    Harvard Law School, JD