Immigration Law Specialist Certificate (WOL-S23)

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Duration: 2 Months
Credits: 4 Credits (168 Clock Hours)


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Course Syllabus

WOL-123: Immigration Law (4 weeks)
In this introductory-level course, you will gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of the basic elements of immigration law. We will begin with a review of immigration law and policy. Since most immigration law is policy driven, the course will present an overview of the history and evolution of this area of the Federal law. We will then delve into the sources of both the Federal government's and the States' authority to establish immigration statutes.

The course then turns to the issues of immigration itself. We will look at the various categories of immigrants and non-immigrants, their statuses and the priority with which the law treats their applications for entry. We will review the elements of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status, as well as issues that have arisen as result of the 9/11 terror attacks. Finally, we will explore the procedure required for admission into the United States and the procedures for deportation.

A major part of this 4-week immigration law course will concern the most common forms that are used in an immigration practice. The forms themselves are available online and in the accompanying textbook.

WE WILL BE MAKING FREQUENT REFERENCE TO IMMIGRATION FORMS THROUGHOUT THE COURSE. YOU WILL LEARN TO COMPLETE THIS FORMS AND TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT ACCOMPANY THE FORMS AND SUPPLEMENTS. AT A MINIMUM, WE WILL SPEND TIME LEARNING ABOUT THE FOLLOWING FORMS (as well as others as time permits):
        G-28 "Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative"
        AR-11 "Alien's Change of Address Card"
        I-129 "Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker"
        I-129F "Petition for Alien Fiance"
        I-539 "Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status"
        I-130 "Petition for Alien Relative"
        ETA-750 "Application for Alien Employment Certification"
        I-140 "Immigration Petition for Alien Worker"
        G-325 "Biographic Information"
        I-485 "Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status"
        I-765 "Application for Employment Authorization"
        I-864 "Affidavit of Support under Section 213A of the Act"
        I-134 "Affidavit of Support"
        N-400 "Application for Naturalization"
        N-600 "Application for Certificate of Citizenship"



WOL-124: Law Office Management - Systems, Procedures & Ethics (4 weeks)
This course is designed for persons who will work in a law office management position, either as an employee of a law firm, or as an entrepeneur operating his or her own law/paralegal office. This course may be studied as a "stand-alone" course but is especially effective when studied in conjunction with a substantive area of the law. For instance, this course and the Immigration course comprise the Immigration Law Certificate Program, as the acquisition of knowledge of immigration law and law office management is a crucial first step for any paralegal hoping to earn a living helping immigration clients as an entrepenurial immigration paralegal.

This course takes you into the exciting world of the legal marketplace. You will learn about law offices, their fundamental characteristics, and the differences between different types of law firms. This course also discusses personnel relations, and how the legal team functions together. As a paralegal, you must have a foundation in ethics, the next subject of study in this course. Client relations are going to be a major part of your career, and you need to know the ethical boundaries which guide legal professionals. This course also examines legal fees, timekeeping, billing and financial management, managing clients' trust fund accounts, and reviews law office systems and technology. Finally, the course considers the important subjects of record keeping, and law library organization and management. All in all, this course is a must for anyone interested in owning and operating their own legal office, open to the public.

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