Immigration Law Specialist Certificate Online
Credits: 6 Credits (252 Clock Hours)
The Immigration Specialist Paralegal Certificate Program is designed as an 8-week Paralegal Certification Program designed for persons who wish to own and operate their own paralegal immigration assistance office.
Graduates of this program will have excellent knowledge in the area of immigration law practice and will be able to assist people in various phases of the immigration law process. This Certificate Program focuses on two essential areas of knowledge:
WOL-124: Law Office Management - Systems, Procedures & Ethics
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 entrepreneur 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 entrepreneurial immigration paralegal.
WOL-123: Immigration Law
Semester Credits 3
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.
Regarding immigration law, students will gain both a theoretical and practical understanding of the basic elements of immigration law. This course examines immigration policies and undertakes a close review of the various categories of immigrants and non-immigrants. We review the basic statutes and visa categories and the priority with which the law treats their applications for entry. We take a detailed look at the various forms that are most commonly used in the immigration and visa application processes. Finally, we will explore the procedure required for admission into the United States, green card and citizenship status. We also review the procedures for deportation.
Regarding law and paralegal office management, this course prepares the paralegal to effectively function as a manager of a law office or his or her own paralegal office. 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 and paralegal offices. 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.
This Certificate program is a wonderful combination of immigration law study and law office management. Persons planning to own and operate their own paralegal immigrant assistance office should take this course as a crucial first step to earning a living helping immigration clients as an entrepreneurial immigration paralegal.
Earn Your Specialized Certificate of Paralegal Studies Online
Upon completion of this online paralegal program, students will be awarded a Specialized Certificate of Paralegal Studies from the The Washington Online Learning Institute.
Certification from the accredited Washington Online Learning Institute will signify the student's achievement in both knowledge and competence. This program is available and recognized in all 50 States.
Job Outlook for Paralegal Graduates
Excellent. There are many employment opportunities for paralegals in law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies. Thousands of new paralegal jobs are created each year.
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