Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law: A Course for New Practitioners

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If you want to learn immigration law and are ready for an accelerated e-learning experience, register for CLINIC’s Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law. This intensive six-week e-learning course provides immigration law advocates and new practitioners with an overview of core immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. This course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law necessary to be an effective practitioner and establish the training background to support an application for BIA accreditation. For a course outline, including a schedule of webinars, click here.

Course Structure:
The course starts on January 12, 2016 with access to the e-learning course website.  Each week of the course includes two units, and each unit focuses on a specific theme.  Each of the 12 units will consist of a live webinar and a set of self-directed activities, which include readings, exercises and a quiz. The webinars will be recorded, allowing students the flexibility to work the course into their busy schedules. The course is interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course concludes with an open-book final exam that students have three weeks to complete. This course is appropriate for the aspiring or new practitioner who is prepared to make the time commitment required to fully participate in this course and complete its requirements. This course has an accelerated pace, including two 90-minute webinars each week, as well as self-directed learning activities to support each course unit. Overall, a course participant should expect to spend between eight and ten hours each week to attend or listen to recordings of the weekly webinars, and complete the corresponding course activities.  If you have the time to devote to this learning experience, then this course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law. NOTE: You are not eligible for this course if you are already a BIA accredited representative or are a practicing immigration attorney. The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein, Ilissa Mira, Jen Riddle and Susan Schreiber. For questions about the course content, please contact Susan Schreiber at

Course Completion Requirements:  
Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of each of the twelve course webinars; (b) complete each unit quiz; and (c) complete an open-book final exam.   You have until March 18, three weeks after the last live webinar in the course, to meet these requirements.

Training Application and Registration:
Register here. The training is funded through a generous grant from Open Society Foundation to the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI). You may apply for this training by (a) using the link below to complete an application form and (b) submitting proof of the IRS 501(c)(3) status of the organization where you are employed or volunteer. If your application is accepted, you will receive a link to register for the course. You must then complete the registration form in order to be enrolled in the course. When your registration is submitted, you will receive a confirmation of registration. Please note that space is limited; the application deadline is December 23, or sooner if registration is filled before that date.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE for Attorney Participants: 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.

IAN Partners

  • pro bono net
  • american immigration lawyers association
  • national immigration law center
  • unidos us
  • immigration legal resource center
  • immigration legal resource center
  • american immigration council
  • american civil liberties union
  • american immigration council
  • national immigration project
  • the advocates for human rights
  • lutheran immigration and refugee service
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