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E-learning Course: Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes

October 27 – December 8, 2014


$270 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$295 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$425 per person for private attorneys and staff


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If your client has a criminal record, can she naturalize?  Apply for TPS? Become a lawful permanent resident?  Will your client be subject to being removed from the U.S.?   Can your client remedy the situation by seeking to vacate a guilty plea given without immigration advisals?

Immigration advocates quickly learn that crimes have immigration consequences; this training will help you understand how to analyze those consequences to appropriately counsel your clients. This six-week e-learning course will provide an overview of how to determine whether your client’s criminal record will have immigration consequences, including exposure to removal or ineligibility for a particular benefit under immigration law. Course participants will learn the basic concepts involved in analyzing the immigration consequences of crimes including differentiating between inadmissibility and deportability; statutory definitions of conviction and sentence; and exceptions to crime-based inadmissibility. The training will also cover techniques for screening clients to uncover criminal issues, and how to gather and read criminal records. For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the live webinars, click here.


Training Level: Introductory

This is an introduction to immigration consequences of crimes for the practitioner who already has some exposure to immigration law fundamentals. Basic familiarity with (a) immigration law vocabulary; (b) the ways in which an immigrant may gain legal status; and (c) the concepts of inadmissibility and deportability, is assumed. 


The trainers for this course are CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Susan Schreiber.  For questions about the course content, please contact Sarah Bronstein at


The course starts on October 27, 2014 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. Once you receive your user name and password, you may participate in a variety of activities for self-directed learning, including reading assignments, exercises, sample materials to review, quizzes, and discussion questions.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course also includes six webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays at 2:00 p.m. EST starting on November 3rd.  Each webinar lasts approximately 90 minutes, and is recorded and posted on the course website after the webinar is conducted.  Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars each week, you will be able to listen to and view a recording of any webinar you are unable to attend whenever you choose to do so.


Course Completion Requirements:  Course participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar and (b) complete each weekly course quiz.   You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the coures to meet these requirements.


Registration: The training is for the staff of Catholic Charities and other community-based organizations with IRS 501(c)(3) status, and attorneys and legal staff of private law offices.  If you are registering as staff of a community-based organization, you must fax a copy of your IRS 501(c)(3) letter designating your agency as a nonprofit entity to CLINIC at (301) 565-4824 to the attention of Jon Braswell. Your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of this letter. If you are an attorney, please include your state bar number. Payment is by credit card only. 

Please be sure to register under the correct category and for the correct training. All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00.  Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please provide the full name and a working email address for each individual taking this course.  We will communicate with each registrant via email only, so it is very important that we have the correct name and email address for each registrant listed on the registration form.


Space is limited. The deadline for registration is November 3, 2014 or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Jon Braswell at  


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CLE: CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) trainings. E-learning participants are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits per webinar for the webinar component of our e-learning immigration law courses. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.

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