In 2016, 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.
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In 2016, 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:
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:
- January 12th - February 26th (Register Here)
- June 7th - July 22nd (Register Here)
- September 6th - October 20th (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:
- March 29th - April 21st (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:
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:
- June 1st - June 29th (Register Here)
Selected Issues in VAWA and U-Status: This four-week training will focus on cutting edge or developing topics in self-petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act for survivors of domestic violence and U nonimmigrant Status for victims of certain crimes. Advocates who have previous training or experience with VAWA or U status cases will have an opportunity to learn about new legal developments, consider strategic issues for applicants and family members, and strengthen their ability to prepare successful applications for VAWA and U status and subsequent adjustment of status.
Date of E-Learning
- June 16th - July 14th (Register Here)
Selected Issued 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
Dates of E-Learning:
- September 21st - October 19th (Register Here)
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 participants will receive a course completion certificate if they (a) attend or view recordings of the weekly course webinar and (b) complete the required course activity for the week. You have up to two weeks after the last live webinar in the course to meet these requirements.
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)
Four-week course $225
Six-week course $295
Comprehensive Overview $450
501(c)(3) Community-Based Organizations
Four-week course $250
Six-week course $320
Comprehensive Overview $495
Four-week course $350
Six-week course $450
Comprehensive Overview $575
This four-week training will focus on cutting edge or developing topics in self-petitioning under the Violence Against Women Act for survivors of domestic violence and U nonimmigrant Status for victims of certain crimes. Advocates who have previous training or experience with VAWA or U status cases will have an opportunity to learn about new legal developments, consider strategic issues for applicants and family members, and strengthen their ability to prepare successful applications for VAWA and U status and subsequent adjustment of status.