Immigration Law: Is it for you?

Published March 13, 2017

Like climate change, immigration law is another area of practice that will always have high demand. Like all areas of law, immigration law requires an unparalleled amount of research and expertise in constantly changing policies. However, it can be very rewarding.

As an immigration lawyer you’ll play a key role in enabling immigrants to live and work in the United States. You’ll guide them through the process of obtaining a green card, work visa, earning citizenship, or even gaining political asylum. You can also expect to defend illegal immigrants to try and help them gain natural citizenship in the United States. In many cases a lawyer can make or break the decision of someone being deported.

Much like all areas of practice, if you choose the immigration law route you assume the daily tasks of meeting with clients, researching cases, writing motions, and arguing cases in court.

Why Immigration Law?

It Can Be Rewarding

As an immigration lawyer you will interact with people from all over the world on an everyday basis. Each situation is unique, but one thing is for certain, these people are relying on you. Examples include making their way to the United States for work purposes, family purposes, or avoiding deportation.

You will get to know these people, and their stories. Also, you’ll play a crucial role of whether or not they’ll be separated from their family or reunited with their family. The goal of all lawyers is to help their clients as best as they can, but within immigration law you play a huge role in someone’s ability to pursue their dreams in the United States.

It’s a Helping Profession

We already know it can be rewarding, but one of the most rewarding parts of the job is the ability to represent a very underrepresented portion of the world’s population. There is a growing need for immigration lawyers, especially qualified ones. Immigration law is a very complicated area of law and it has been noted there are a growing number of people who can benefit from seeking legal counsel with their immigration issues. In addition to private practice there are other opportunities to aid these individuals through non-profit or pro-bono work.

The Tough Parts

You can’t win them all. Well, technically you can, just don’t expect too. Immigration law is a very people-oriented area of practice. You’ll interact with these individuals often and will get to know them, their families, and their stories. It’s easy to become emotionally attached. It’s rewarding, for sure, as long as you get the result your client is hoping for.

Guest blogger: Josh Horton, inbound marketing consultant of protocol 80, inc.

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