Immigration law has become a popular topic amongst government officials and associations such as the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) who are dedicated to providing fair and equal service to foreigners wishing to become permanent citizens of the United States. This includes both permanent residency and naturalization. There is a high demand for Immigration lawyers in the US today and that need continues to rise. So what does specializing in this field of law entail? What can a prospected student expect to undergo before achieving a degree in this profession-quite a bit, but not so much different than anyone interested in law. How can a prospective student expect to benefit in their future as an immigration lawyer? It is quite lucratively, to be candid about it.
The field of law consists of details, facts, rules, regulations, and paperwork. A lot of paperwork! It is an adaptable field and ever changing which means anyone specializing in Law, especially immigration law, will need to be detail oriented and adaptable themselves. As for educational requirements it differs by state. However, there are some educational requirements that remain true nationwide. A bachelor’s degree or master’s degree plus three to four years in law school are mandatory. Completing your formal degree in a social or political science, or even history, will help in pave the way to your success in law school. Journalism, communications, or a specialized degree program can help you greatly as well.
After completing your initial degree and law school, you then must pass the written bar exam to become certified (this is true for all lawyers). Any competent lawyer will have good communication skills, both verbal and written. They will have high problem-solving skills and a good memory. Competent lawyers will be able to hold up under pressure and the scrutiny of a group of people. They will also be good with debate and attention to detail and the nuances of many different people. A professional lawyer will be somewhat nurturing in their demeanor as well. To be able to communicate with people of different backgrounds, or anyone for that matter, it is necessary to be able to put them at ease, to make them feel comfortable around you.
For those interested in becoming immigration lawyers, it is a job well sought after and highly lucrative. An average salary for anyone in this field is close to $100,000. It is also a fast growing job and one that shows hope in future job openings. As the influx of immigration rises, so does the need for legal representatives who are fit to handle such cases fairly and competently. The best places to find such job possibilities are major cities such as NYC, Washington DC., and Denver Colorado. Anyone interested should try talking to someone who is already working in the field. It is a great option for a student’s future career. However, not everyone is cut out to be a lawyer. And the people who do the best at their jobs are the ones who are doing something they avidly and openly enjoy. Work doesn’t need to feel like work to you and a dedicated lawyer, who really feels for their clients, is the best kind of legal representative.