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E-Learning (2015)

In 2015, 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 2015, 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)   June 16 - July 28th, 2015 (Register Here)

Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law: This intensive six-week e-learning course provides the new immigration practitioner with an overview of core immigration law concepts as well as the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. This course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law necessary to be an effective immigration practitioner, and establish the training background to support an application for BIA accreditation.

Dates of E-Learning Course:

(1)   July 6th - August 17th, 2015 (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)   September 3 - October 01, 2015 (Register Here)

Introduction to Immigration Consequences of Crimes: This four-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.

Date of E-Learning:

(1)   September 21 - October 19, 2015 (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)   October 6 - November 17, 2015 (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)   October 14 - November 11, 2015 (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.

Date of E-Learning Course:

(1)  November 21 - December 21, 2015 (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

Comprehensive Overview                     $450


501(c)(3) Community-Based Organizations

Three-week course                               $190

Four-week course                                 $225

Six-week course                                   $295

Comprehensive Overview                     $495


Private Attorney

Three-week course                               $290 

Four-week course                                 $325

Six-week course                                   $425

Comprehensive Overview                     $575