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Immigration has long been a topic of debate in the United States, but between 2016 and 2020, it became more prominent than ever. With the ever-changing immigration policies here in the U.S., the need for immigration lawyers has risen. Many people with an interest in the legal field have a calling to help immigrants who hope to work, live, and study within this country. So, how do you become an immigration lawyer and what exactly does an immigration lawyer do? 

What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do?

An immigration lawyer can help families, businesses, and individuals navigate the complex pathways to immigrate to the United States. Sometimes, a person’s immigration status can impact other legal matters such as business law, family law, criminal law, or civil rights. An immigration lawyer is typically well-versed in a variety of these practice areas. They will counsel their clients regarding their legal rights and obligations in order to immigrate to the United States or defend clients against civil law violations in removal proceedings. 

The process of obtaining documentation in the United States can be very complex and intimidating. An immigration lawyer is able to walk an individual through the process and ensure they understand each step of the way. They may help someone obtain a work visa, a fiance visa, a student visa, and more. 

How Do You Become an Immigration Lawyer?

How do you become an immigration lawyer?As with many professional careers, the first step to becoming an immigration attorney is to complete a bachelor’s degree and then a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Strong interpersonal skills are also essential because, as a lawyer, you may be working with people who have undergone traumatic experiences, especially in immigration law.

Before Law School

For those who have yet to enter law school, there are many things that can prepare you for a career as an immigration lawyer. Common undergraduate majors for students interested in immigration law include history, political science, social sciences, economics, language studies, and business. Pursuing life experiences and extracurriculars that will foster the skills needed to succeed in the legal world is highly encouraged. Getting involved in activities related to the promotion of justice, public service, and relationship building is a great way to prepare for a career in immigration law. 

While In Law School

Once you are in law school, to become an immigration attorney, you will need to complete various courses that align with your future career goals and individual interests. This could include certificates or concentrations in immigration law or similar areas, which will provide a necessary foundation for a law career in this particular field. While in school, it is encouraged to pursue opportunities that offer hands-on experiences in the legal field, such as internships, pro bono activities, clinical programs, and student groups. Most who plan on practicing immigration law obtain the standard JD degree, and some pursue advanced degrees such as a Master of Law, Doctor of Juridical Science, or Doctor of Science of Law. To practice immigration law, you must pass the bar examination in the state you wish to practice. 

Immigration Lawyers in Colorado

Novo Legal Group is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and represents families and individuals across the nation. The Novo Legal team is passionate about immigration and immigrant rights in the United States. For more information about immigration law, visit our website or contact one of our attorneys today.