Immigration Law

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JoeMo
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Re: Immigration Law

Postby JoeMo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:48 pm

blank403 wrote:sorry if you don't think my information is relevant, Joe, but

(1) I think it is, see explanation above

&

(2) this isn't your thread.


ETA: edited for formatting


I apologize and digress, didn't see where you mentioned that it was the pro bono work that could be of interest. In that case, what "blank403" said.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby JoeMo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:53 pm

I'm going to elaborate just a tiny bit to see if I could help make sense of my agreement with blank.

I, personally, also have a strong interest in immigration law a lot of it has to do with my background and such factors. I also really like human trafficking related subjects among a few other "PI" type things. My thought process is, I want biglaw. I want biglaw because I believe in corporate work. I also want it because I'd love the opportunity to be able to pay back my student loans and not have to rely on LRAP or IBR to take care of that for me.

However, I've always thought that the type of work I mentioned having a strong interest in is the type of thing I would like to do when the opportunity to do pro bono work materializes. This way, I'm not relying on that type of work to be my livelihood and if I can get personal enjoyment and rewards out of it, then so be it. But I'm not frustrated by the lack of income they produce while I'm doing it. Perhaps 3L's and associates and even partners might disagree that this is even a possibility. I don't know, I haven't done enough research to really know this and plan on figuring this out during 1L year by talking to some people that know if this is possible.

My opinions previously ITT were based solely on the fact that I was under the impression that OP was shooting directly for "shitlaw" and did not want to even consider biglaw. But props to blank for presenting the relevant information and giving OP an alternate option.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby badfish » Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:52 pm

Whichever idiot said immigration law isn't particularly complex clearly has no idea what the fuck they're talking about.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby tarp » Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:34 am

Yeah, I kind of addressed that on the second reply. It's an area of law full of pitfalls and inconsistencies, courtesy of the United States Congress and our wonderful executive branch.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby JoeMo » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:23 am

badfish wrote:Whichever idiot said immigration law isn't particularly complex clearly has no idea what the fuck they're talking about.


I don't know how I missed that gem.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby badfish » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:38 am

tarp wrote:Yeah, I kind of addressed that on the second reply. It's an area of law full of pitfalls and inconsistencies, courtesy of the United States Congress and our wonderful executive branch.


Don't forget SCOTUS and their willingness to grant the federal government "plenary power" over immigration despite their inability to define its source.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby tarp » Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:48 am

Don't get me started on plenary power... complete and utter b.s. especially where it interferes with the right of U.S. citizens to be in the company of their spouses, children, etc. Plenary power is a judicial fabrication with no basis in reality.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby LawperaMan » Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:48 pm

What do you want to do in immigration law? As other people said, the bigger firms that have immigration departments tend to handle corporate clients. If you are interested in getting visas for artists, athletes, scientists, business professionals and the like, I would aim for schools in major cities since that is where the bulk of that work lies.

If your focus is helping individuals and families, particularly from Latin America, I would look at schools in communities where those issues are particularly prevalent. Places like Miami, Texas, NM, AZ, and to a lesser extent cities like NYC and LA...going to school in those states will probably lead you to connections with firms or other solo practitioners who do that kind of work.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby marksen » Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:27 am

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby RoaringMice » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:06 am

LawperaMan wrote:If your focus is helping individuals and families, particularly from Latin America, I would look at schools in communities where those issues are particularly prevalent. Places like Miami, Texas, NM, AZ, and to a lesser extent cities like NYC and LA...going to school in those states will probably lead you to connections with firms or other solo practitioners who do that kind of work.


There can also be quite a lot of business in this field outside of the major metro areas as well, and I see the potential for opportunity, as these other cities are often underserved. For example, in NY State, there's a lot of immigration work to be done in Middletown and Newburgh, NY - secondary cities with major immigrant populations. So if you'd prefer to work and live outside the major metro areas, there could be opportunity to do so.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby dreamofNYC » Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:04 am

I'm going to law school in Sept. (Brooklyn Law or Fordham, not sure yet) and interested in specializing in immigration law. Looking to get people's thoughts on job prospects for immigration lawyers if immigration reform gets passed? I am hearing that the new regulations will create new business, especially in the area of E-Verify.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby donewithannarbor » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:07 am

http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/clinics/i ... hts-clinic
http://law.shu.edu/ProgramsCenters/Publ ... Clinic.cfm

Should be considered for anyone interested in this field, particularly in representation of poor immigrants. The demand is huge but the payout is inevitably low. Go someplace good that will minimize your debt and open doors through clinic work (that's why I reference the two schools above). God bless and Godspeed to all who go into this challenging but important field.

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Re: Immigration Law

Postby dreamofNYC » Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:40 am

donewithannarbor wrote:http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/clinics/immigrant-rights-clinic
http://law.shu.edu/ProgramsCenters/Publ ... Clinic.cfm

Should be considered for anyone interested in this field, particularly in representation of poor immigrants. The demand is huge but the payout is inevitably low. Go someplace good that will minimize your debt and open doors through clinic work (that's why I reference the two schools above). God bless and Godspeed to all who go into this challenging but important field.


Wow thank you so much for the kind response and for the links. I got into Bklyn and Fordham, so I guess I will stick to these programs. Not sure which one I'll pick eventually. Both of these schools have strong clinics in immigration, and I plan to take advantage of that experience. I plan to start my own practice immediately after graduation. I would love to connect with like-minded folks, and this is a great forum with very helpful and generous contributors. :)




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