Immigration Law Career Guide

Last updated by Michael Umberger
February 2014



Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (2009-2010 edition), Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2009. Covers a broad range of fundamental areas of immigration and nationality law, addresses the latest issues and procedures in immigration law. It provides detailed discussions of new case law, regulatory and legislative changes and new procedures that attorneys need to practice immigration law.
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Careers in Law (3rd ed.), Gary A. Munneke, Chicago: VGM Career Books, 2004.
Chapter 18 of this book includes an introduction to careers in immigration law.

Ethics in a Brave New World: Professional Responsibility, Personal Accountability, and Risk Management for Immigration Practitioners, Washington, DC: American Immigration Lawyers Assoc., 2004.
This book includes general tips on how to have a successful and fulfilling career in this field of law.
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The Stanford Law Chronicles, Alfredo Mirandé, Notre Dame, IN: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2005.
The author describes his experiences in law school, including time spent working in an immigration law clinic where he represented his first client.
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Serving Immigrants and Refugees: A Guide to Careers in the Law,
Harvard Law School, Office of Public Interest Advising , 2007.
A guide to the issues, practice areas, jobs, and fellowships in immigration and related areas of the law.
Available online


Jennifer Barnes, The Lawyer-Client Relationship in Immigration Law, 52 Emory Law Journal 1215 (2003).
The author discusses the needs of immigration clients and the skills necessary to be a successful immigration lawyer.

Susan N. Burgess, Developing and Marketing a Solo Immigration Practice, Immigration Briefings, Sept. 2005, at 1.
A solo immigration lawyer gives advice on how to have a successful solo immigration practice.

Lauren Gilbert, Facing Justice: Ethical Choices in Representing Immigrant Clients, 20 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 219 (2007).

Lisa Stansky, Get Experience Early in the Booming Area of Immigration Law, 36 Student Lawyer 8, (Nov. 2007).
This article describes the different types of jobs available in this field and offers tips for law students who are pursuing careers in immigration law.

Margaret D. Stock, The Road Less Traveled: Becoming an Immigration Attorney, 27 Harvard Women’s Law Journal 387 (2004).
An immigration lawyer explains how she first became interested in immigration law and describes some of her more memorable cases.


Georgetown Immigration Law Journal

Immigration and Nationality Law Review


Immigration Briefings

Immigration Daily
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International Journal of Refugee Law


ABA Commission on Immigration
The Commission provides education and information about immigration law and develops and assists pro bono programs. Their website includes a guide to pro bono opporunities and information about the Commission’s own internship program.

American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA is a national association of over 10,000 lawyers and professors who work in the field of immigration law. The association includes 35 local chapters. AILA’s website includes a career page where you can post your resume and review job opportunities.

Immigration Equality
Immigration Equality is a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. Founded in 1994 as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force, Immigration Equality has grown to a membership of 10,000 people in cities all over the country. Immigration Equality is run by a board of directors and has full-time staff in our national headquarters in New York.

National Immigration Law Center
NILC's mission is to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants. They conduct policy analysis and impact litigation and provide publications, technical advice, and trainings to a broad constituency of legal aid agencies, community groups, and pro bono attorneys.

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
The National Immigration Project is a progressive legal support group that focuses on immigrant rights.

Other organizations may be found using:
Encyclopedia of Associations.  Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1961-
Covers more than 100,000 nonprofit membership associations worldwide. 
Available on Lexis Advance.

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