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Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization

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May 28 – June 25, 2019

Course Opens: May 28
First Webinar: June 4
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The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on May 27, 2019

CLINIC Affiliates: $240 per person
Other Nonprofit Staff: $265 
Private Attorneys and Staff: $365

Other Fees: 

Administrative Charge: 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 course opening date.

Course Instructors 

The trainers for this course are CLINIC’s:

  • Rachel Naggar, BIA Pro Bono Project Attorney, Defending Vulnerable Populations
  • Jen Riddle, Staff Attorney, Training and Legal Support
  • Charles Wheeler, Director, Training and Legal Support

 For questions about the course content, please contact Charles Wheeler at cwheeler@cliniclegal.org


Course Description

This four-week course covers acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization.  These include continuous residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English-language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process. Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for acquisition, derivation, and naturalization, including examination of primary and secondary sources and sample application forms.


Course Structure

The course opens on May 28 with access to the e-learning course website and week one assignment. The course will be interactive, with opportunities for online and real-time discussion among students, and between students and instructors. The course includes four 90-minute webinars conducted on consecutive Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern starting on June 4. Although we encourage participants to attend the live webinars, the webinars will be recorded, allowing students the flexibility to work the sessions into their busy schedules. 


Who Should Take This Course?

This is an overview of citizenship 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.

If you are a government employee, you may not register for this training without prior authorization from CLINIC.   You may request permission to register by contacting CLINIC at training@cliniclegal.org.


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 course to meet these requirements.


CLE for Attorney Participants

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) training.  If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live webinar you attend in our e-learning immigration law courses. To receive MCLE credit, please provide your state bar number when you register for each live webinar.  You may seek self-study CLE credit for viewing any recorded webinars posted on the course website.  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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