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E-Learning (2014)

In 2014, CLINIC will offer an expanded menu of e-learning courses. These e-learning courses offer flexibility – much of the work can be done anytime during the week when the student chooses to do it. In contrast with CLINIC’s in-person trainings, learning in the online courses relies primarily on individual study and practice rather than on lecture and group learning. The e-learning courses involve a blend of self-directed learning and interaction with both the instructors and the other course participants.    The courses last either four or six weeks, and students may do the course work on their own schedules. Students learn by taking part in weekly webinars; completing reading assignments, exercises, and other activities; and sharing ideas with each other in online discussion forums.  Each weekly live webinar is recorded and posted on the course website shortly after the webinar is concluded, so course participants who can't make the live webinar may view the recorded webinar at any time. 

To tour a course website and learn more about the components of an e-learning course, please view the video in the corner of your screen.  To ensure the video's clarity, please select the "HD" option from the webinar playbar.

In 2014, CLINIC will offer the following E-learning courses:

Introduction to Immigration Law Practice: A Course for New Practitioners: This six-week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. Through readings, webinars, and exercises, participants will learn key concepts and remedies in immigration law and the functions of the different government agencies that carry out the law. 

Dates of E-Learning Course:

(1)   January 8 – February 19, 2014 (Register Here)

(2)   April 3 – May 15, 2014 (Register Here)

(3)   May 21 – July 2, 2014 (Register Here)

(NEW) Selected Issues in Naturalization: This four-week course for experienced practitioners examines select topics and complex issues related to naturalization.  Topics covered will include the exceptions to the residence requirements for spouses of U.S. citizens and members of the armed forces; representing clients with disabilities including requesting reasonable accommodations and filing disability waivers; the role of prosecutorial discretion in naturalization adjudications; applications for lawful permanent residents in removal proceedings; administrative appeals following N-400 denials; and a review of possible federal court remedies.

Date of E-Learning Course:

(1)   January 14 – February 11, 2014 (Register Here)

(NEW) Selected Issues in Family-Based Immigration: This four-week course on family-based immigration is designed for experienced practitioners who want to take a closer, and deeper, look at issues that impact on the process of immigrating through a family member. Each week of the course is devoted to a different family-based immigration theme, so that participants have an opportunity to examine in depth the substantive law and procedural issues that correspond to each theme.

Date of E-Learning Course:

(1)   February 18 – March 18, 2014 (Register Here)

Introduction to Family-Based Immigration: This six-week course will explore the process of gaining permanent residence through a family relationship.  Throughout the course, participants will review both the law and procedure for immigrating through a family relationship, including examination and critique of sample application forms. Topics covered will include the following: immediate relatives and the preference system; retention of priority dates; the Child Status Protection Act; immigrating through marriage; the affidavit of support; adjustment of status; and consular processing.

Dates of E-Learning Course:

(1)   March 5 – April 16, 2014 (Register Here)

(2)   September 4 – October 16, 2014 (Register Here)

Overview of Citizenship: Acquisition, Derivation and Naturalization: This four-week course covers acquisition and derivation of citizenship, and the requirements for naturalization, including residence, physical presence, good moral character, civics and English language requirements and exemptions, disability waivers, oath requirements and the application process.

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   May 6 – June 3, 2014 (Register Here)

Grounds of Inadmissibility: This four-week training on the grounds of inadmissibility provides an in-depth examination of the most common grounds of inadmissibility.  The training will cover when and to whom inadmissibility applies.  We will explore the grounds of inadmissibility for unlawful presence and other immigration violations, fraud and false claims to citizenship, smuggling, crimes, and health-based grounds.

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   July 8 – August 5, 2014 (Register Here)

(NEW) Introduction to Removal Proceedings: Immigration law provides that noncitizens who face charges of inadmissibility or deportability can be placed in removal proceedings to determine whether the charges are correct, and if so, whether they qualify for some relief from removal. This four-week course will offer an overview of removal proceedings, a discussion of challenges and defenses to removal, a review of master calendar proceedings and motions, and an introduction to merits hearings and appeals. 

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   September 10 – October 8, 2014 (Register Here)

(NEW) Seeking Humanitarian Relief: U.S. Immigration law provides humanitarian relief to individuals seeking protection due to natural disasters, civil unrest, fear of persecution and other compelling emergency situations.  This four-week e-learning course will review the various forms of relief available and discuss the eligibility requirements and application procedures for each.  Topics covered will include humanitarian parole, temporary protected status (TPS), deferred enforced departure (DED), the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) Section 203, asylum and derivative benefits, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), humanitarian reinstatement of I-130 relative petitions and the Cuban Refugee Adjustment Act.

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   September 30 – October 28, 2014 (Register Here)

Understanding and Preparing Waivers: Waivers of the grounds of inadmissibility are an essential part of immigration practice.  This four-week course will present information on both the theory and practice of developing and submitting successful waiver applications.  Participants will learn what the legal standards of extreme hardship are, how to create a theory of the case, how to marshal the facts of the case, and what kinds of supporting documentation to submit

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   October 23 – November 20, 2014 (Register Here)

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes: 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.

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   October 27 – December 8, 2014 (Register Here)


Course Expectations

Course participants should plan to spend up to four hours per week on each of these courses.  Participants may do the majority of that work on their own schedules – readings and exercises and the online discussion forum.  Each course will include a required weekly webinar; all webinars are recorded and posted on the course website, so you may view the recording at your convenience if you are unable to attend the live webinar.

Course Completion

Each e-learning course includes a weekly webinar. Participants are required to attend the webinars in person or view recordings of any webinars they have missed.


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. The certificate of attendance issued at the conclusion of the course will note the CLE hours you earned through webinar attendance. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit. CLE credit does not apply to immigration program management training.


All materials for e-learning courses will be available for download by registered course participants on the CLINIC e-learning website.


Below is a list of registration fees for e-learning courses.  CLINIC cannot issue any refunds for fees once a course has started.

CLINIC Affiliates (members  and subscribers)

Three-week course                               $165

Four-week course                                 $200

Six-week course                                   $270


501(c)(3) Community-Based Organizations

Three-week course                               $190

Four-week course                                 $225

Six-week course                                   $295


Private Attorney

Three-week course                               $290 

Four-week course                                 $325

Six-week course                                   $425