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School of Law

Clinical FellowEmily Torstveit Ngara
Immigrant Rights Clinic
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 432

Administrative Assistant: Terry Berk
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 200


LL.M., University of the District of Columbia, 2014
J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010
B.A., University of Washington, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Law Education
Immigration and Naturalization Law

Torstveit Ngara joined the Immigrant Rights Clinic in July 2014. Prior to joining the faculty, Torstveit Ngara served as a Clinical Instructor in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law where she supervised students in the representation of non-citizens in removal proceedings and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals.  She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Mitchel E. Ostrer New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division and as a Penn Law Fellow, splitting her time between counseling students on pro bono opportunities at the Toll Public Interest Center and representing low-income individuals in immigration matters at Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia.

Torstveit Ngara earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Journal of International Law and served as Symposium Editor for the 2010 Symposium Afro Descendants and Indigenous Peoples in the Caribbean and Latin America: Legal Rights and Realities. She was a Leadership in Social Change Fellow participating in a joint program with the School of Social Policy and Practice’s Non-Profit Leadership Program and was a 2010 Philadelphia Bar Association Law Student Pro Bono Honoree. Torstveit Ngara earned her Masters of Law in Clinical Education, Social Justice and Systems Change from the University of the District of Columbia, and B.A.s in Marketing with a Certificate of International Studies in Business and Norwegian Language and Literature from the University of Washington.

Torstveit Ngara is admitted to the bars of Maryland, Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Selected Publications

Aliens, Aggravated Felons and Worse: When Words Breed Fear and Fear Breeds Injustice, 12 Stan.J.C.R.& C.L. 389 (June 2016).

Articles on Social Science Research Network