E-learning Course:Overview of Immigration Law and Skills

Thursday May 09

  • By: CLINIC
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Time Zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    This event takes place online.
    Webinar/Teleseminar, United States

This four week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn key concepts and remedies in immigration law and the functions of the different government agencies that carry out the law. Topics covered will include introductory immigration concepts; an overview of family-based immigration; an overview of obtaining permanent residence status; and inadmissibility and deportability concepts. The course will also cover client interviewing techniques, methods for conducting legal research and staying up-to-date on the law and how to deal with ethical issues in the practice of immigration law. This course involves a blend of self-directed learning and interaction with both the instructors and the other course participants. Students learn by taking part in weekly live webinars, completing reading assignments, exercises and activities each week; and sharing ideas with each other in online discussion forums. The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week, and most of the course work may be done by students on their own schedules. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend each live webinar at the scheduled time, but all webinars are recorded and posted on the course website, and may be accessed by course participants who are unable to attend a particular webinar. The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Jennie Guilfoyle and Kristina Karpinski. For questions about the course content, please contact Kristina Karpinski at kkarpinski@cliniclegal.org. Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments. Course participants are required to attend or view recordings of the course webinars in order to receive a course completion certificate at the end of the course. Additionally, please note that the course is geared toward individuals who have little to no prior immigration law experience. For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.


  • $200 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
  • $225 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
  • $325 per person for private attorneys and staff

Register by clicking here. The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices. If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (202) 635-2649 to the attention of Andres Abella. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training. Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course. We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form. Space is limited. The deadline for registration is April 12, 2013 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andres Abella at abella@cliniclegal.org.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.