Sheila Sheng grew up in Beijing, China, and has nine years of legal education in both the Common Law and Civil Law system. She received both her Bachelor of Law degree and Juris Master in Private International Law at China University of Political Science and Law, the second highest ranked law school in China.
Sheila, a native Mandarin speaker, became interested in immigration law when she went to Oxford University, School of Law as an exchange student. Her later experience at the University of San Francisco, School of Law furthered her interest in pursuing a career in U.S. Immigration Law.
Sheila also went to Nepal to teach Chinese for a summer. Learning how Nepalese children and women live in an autocratic environment, Sheila was more determined to make efforts to provide immigrants opportunities to learn freely and be treated equally.
Sheila passed the Chinese national bar examination in 2013 and gained experience in Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy, Beijing office, before deciding to attend the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Through her law school experience, Sheila served as a research assistant for Professor Catherine Y. Kim, drafting an Amicus Brief on President Donald Trump's travel ban. She dove deep into the Constitutional and administrative aspect of immigration law, with a focus on Presidential Plenary Power over immigration matters and legislative delegation of power to the President. She also served as president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) at UNC Law, dedicating herself to raising awareness of the minority student community, connecting the Asian legal community and providing more resources to minority students.
As the president of APALSA, Sheila partnered with local immigration organizations, holding citizenship fairs for immigrants lacking resources to seek legal help. She also joined the UNC Immigration Clinic, helping refugees seek asylum in the U.S. and reunite with their families. As a first-generation immigrant in the U.S., Sheila understood the hardship of being away from home and adapting to a new environment, which uniquely positioned her to help immigrants going through a similar process.
With a global background, Sheila is dedicated to connecting different cultures together. She is always open and curious about learning different ways of living.
In her free time, Sheila enjoys practicing Mixed Martial Arts; cooking and eating spicy food; hanging out with friends and family; watching comedy and horror movies and playing Go (a chess game).
- North Carolina, 2019
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
- J.D. - 2019
- China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing
- Juris Master - 2016
- China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China
- Bachelor of Law - 2014
- University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
- Exchange Student - 2014
- Oxford University, Oxford, England
- Exchange Student - 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Chinese National Bar Association
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association
Areas Of Practice
- Immigration & Visa Law
- Mandarin Chinese