Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

 E-learning Course: 

Good Moral Character in Naturalization Cases

July 2 – 23, 2012

Click here for a more detailed course outline including the dates and times of the four webinars.
Before registering for this training, please make sure that you will be available for these webinars.

$235 per person for CLINIC affiliate agencies
$260 per person for other nonprofit agency staff
$390 per person for private attorneys and staff

This four week course will begin on July 2, 2012 with an introductory webinar that will include a review of the course website, a discussion course expectations, and an overview of good moral character.  During the course we will cover the statutory and regulatory requirements for demonstrating good moral character in naturalization cases.  We will study the crime based bars to showing good moral character including crimes of moral turpitude and aggravated felonies.  We will also examine the regulatory requirements of good moral character such as failure to register for the selective service, provide child support or pay income taxes.  We will also explore how to assess the likelihood that a client will be found to lack good moral character under the “residual clause” or as a matter of discretion. 

The course requires a time commitment of approximately four hours per week for each of the four weeks of the course.   This time will be spent in different activities, including reading assignments, exercises, and participation in four webinars conducted on consecutive Mondays, as listed in the detailed course schedule.  The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between the students and the instructors.  The instructors for this course will be CLINIC attorneys Sarah Bronstein and Debbie Smith. For questions about the course content, please contact Debbie Smith at

Training Level: Advanced.  This is an in depth look at the requirements for good moral character in naturalization cases for the practitioner who already understands the basic requirements for naturalization. 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. 

Course Completion Requirements: Note that in this e-learning course, successful completion of the course requires participation, not simply registration. In order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course, participants are required to (a) attend the weekly webinars in person or listen to recordings of any webinars they have missed and (b) complete the weekly homework assignments.  Before you register, please carefully consider the dates and times of the scheduled webinars, as well as the additional time required each week for completion of the reading and assignments.

For a detailed course outline, including the dates and times of the required webinars, click here

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 202-635-2649 to the attention of  Andrés Abella. 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 note that only the person who registers for the training has authorized access to course webinars and the e-learning website and posted materials.

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. CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the first day of the training.

Please note that we need 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.  On the registration form, please provide us the name and email address of the individual who will be taking the course.

Space is limited. The deadline for registration is June 25, or sooner if registration is filled. For registration information contact Andrés Abella at

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 this e-learning course.  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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