I have been thinking of law school but I want to know if the immigration side of it is covered in it or is there a particular place you go for immigration law
Immigration law is simply being offered as an "elective" in most law schools, and that for only one semester/trimester. One learns it by practicing and attending as many seminars and conferences as time (and money) will permit. Takes at least a decade to master some aspects of it.
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If you're thinking about law school, Most law school's offer immigration law courses; however, usually, it is offered only after you complete the first year "usual" courses. It's a class usually available only to second and third year law students. Some law schools offer immigration related internships with and externships as well. In addition, some law schools have their own immigration clinics where law students (usually second and third year students) can represent clients under the supervision of a licensed attorney and program authorize to appear before the immigration courts.
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Actually, law school teaches a lot more theory than practice. Mostly, you learn "real" law with internships, clerkships and working for someone, or jumping in and doing it, and reading up outside classes and studying the cases. As noted, perhaps a one semester elective, and then usually on immigration law in general without noting any particular issues for your state.
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I don't think you ever master immigration law, because like most law, it changes so much. It is important to decide whether you enjoy working with the foreign born and their sponsors, because it often takes more time, effort and patience. This may wear you out and also those who expect you home, among other places, at a reasonable hour.
I never took the elective course; I worked for others, but some are more questionable than others. I know a few immigration attorneys who poked fun at what seemed like the ignorance of their immigration law professors, while others were admired.
There is a reason why law is considered a jealous mistress. Clients eventually have little respect for an overconfident and underperforming immigration attorney. It is great to be enthusiastic, but apply your enthusiasm to those who you can afford to represent. It can take time to research some issues.
Some of us knew what we were getting into, while others chose immigration, because it looks like a popular field. Learning that the laws can be inhumane and unrighteousness is a good first lesson. How to approach that lesson and struggle with how to best counsel someone is a challenge.
Sometimes, the best advice is to advise that people wait, take no action or consider an alternative nation for immigration. That can take time. The key to practicing any law is to value your time. Also, appreciate how you will pay the bills, while making those who see you, content or resigned to their situation.
There may be firms able to hire, but some may create a questionable working environment. Law is not simply a business; it's a profession that requires discretion and diligence. Good luck.
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