By Kaweme Ng'andwe, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Recently, the Law Student Division held a breakfast meeting focused on immigration law. The immigration attorneys had varied backgrounds including sole practitioners, medium-size firms, non-profit agencies and government. The attorneys provided helpful tips and insights into the practice areas. I’ve highlighted a few below:
- Immigration covers numerous sectors of law. Attorneys may come across labor and employment issues in addition to criminal and civil law cases in their practice. Additionally, immigration is not only limited to private practice, non-profit organizations and even higher education institutions also play a role in immigration since non-citizens are involved in these areas.
- Any course recommendations? Take Immigration and Administrative law. The most useful courses to take during law school for a student interested in immigration are Immigration law (obviously) and Administrative law. Administrative law gets students familiar with the laws that govern the immigration proceedings. (Editorial note: plus, administrative law is on the Indiana Bar Exam so there is an added benefit.)
- Any groups to join if a law student is interested in getting more involved now with immigration law? Join the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). AILA is an excellent opportunity for interested students to network with immigration attorneys.
Go here to see photos from the event.
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