Who Should Apply?

This graduate certificate program is designed for attorneys, law students, legal professionals, and others eager to acquire working knowledge of the legal principles and practical implications of U.S. Immigration Law. Among the participants in prior sessions were the following:

- Attorneys seeking to begin a transition into immigration law practice

- Attorneys hoping to do immigration-related pro bono work

- Lawyers who practice in the following areas, which touch upon immigration: criminal defense, criminal prosecution, family law, labor law, and public benefits

- Law students

- Paralegals and human resources professionals

- Overseas lawyers and legal professionals

- Other professionals seeking to educate themselves about this timely and important topic

Students will learn:

- Necessary background knowledge to understand the key provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the different entities that have jurisdiction over immigration matters

- Basic pathways and procedures for entering the U.S. on permanent or temporary visas

- Categories of individuals who are excluded from entry, and vulnerable to deportation

- Treatment under U.S. law of refugees, asylum-seekers, and others seeking humanitarian protection

- Policies and procedures relating to immigration enforcement and border control

- Laws and regulations relating to becoming a U.S. citizen

- Key immigration law developments under the Trump administration

Feedback from Prior Students:

  • Professor Rathod is a great professor. He is knowledgeable in the field of immigration law and is an engaging and effective educator. The course content was very good and materials were presented clearly. The best part was having access to lectures to be able to repeat certain complicated sections as needed.
  • The content modules were fantastic. The categorizations of the material into modules made sense. The lectures were clear, the readings and (nonlecture) videos were on point and helpful without being too lengthy, and the written questions really helped solidify the concepts.
  • Professor Rathod was phenomenal. His recorded and live lectures were well organized and covered all relevant material, including up to the minute analysis of current happenings in immigration law. The written exercises were well thought out as well, requiring me to thoroughly review and understand the material in order to finish the assignment. His comments to my written work, discussion posts, and questions were timely and thoughtful.
  • I really enjoyed the content and live lectures in the class. I also really enjoyed that this class discussed what was going on nationally as well since it is so relevant to what we were learning. Please have a sequel to this course!!