Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law Studies

Format: Online, On Campus

The United States Census Bureau reports, as of the 2015 American Community Survey, that the immigrant population in the United States, is more than 43.3 million of the total U.S. population. In New York City, according to the Population Division of the NYC Department of City Planning, over 3 million New York residents are foreign born. Professionals working in many fields are faced with a wide range of issues confronting the immigrant population on a regular basis.

The Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law program is an innovative course of study that offers the opportunity for professionals working with immigrant populations to expand their knowledge and skills in this field and to gain skills to help them advance professionally.

Students in the program:

  • Identify and analyze immigration issues to assess legal status and options
  • Locate and access the resources needed to analyze issues
  • Identify major immigration applications and forms, their purposes, and issues
  • Develop strategies for successful presentation of major applications
  • Recognize the implications of the unauthorized practice of law

Career Prospects

The courses, developed and taught by practicing immigration law judges and attorneys, are offered both online and in traditional classroom formats.

Graduates may pursue careers working with immigrant populations in areas such as law, education, government, and non-profit and community-based organizations.

It is important to note that this program does not qualify anyone who does not hold an attorney’s license to practice law. 

 

Admissions Criteria

Candidates for admission to advanced certificate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution.

Scheduling note: To allow students to start the program at any time, ILAW 601 Introduction to Immigration Law will be offered both online and on campus each semester.  The advanced courses (ILAW 602, ILAW 603, ILAW 604 and ILAW 605) are rotated by course and format. While there will always be a choice of at least one online and one on campus advanced course, not every course will be offered each semester.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2019 are due by January 7, 2019

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Student/Alumni Profiles

Cynthia Robinson Civil

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law 2014

“Returning to school and completing my education has opened doors for me and has given me the ability to help my family and make a better life for the next generation.”

Ben Anthony

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law 2015

"I am now practicing immigration law in immigration court. There was no greater feeling than when I walked into court for the first time. If I had never gone back to court after that day, I would have accomplished what I set out to do."

Beatriz Gil

Advanced Certificate in Immigration Law 2010

"The program confirmed my passion for law and my desire to pursue law school."