We talked to several immigration attorneys to find out the good (it can be very rewarding) and the bad (it can be very frustrating) parts of practicing in this field. Find out what they had to say and how you can break into this specialty.
Some lawyers choose to specialize in immigration law. In some cases, the immigration specialty chooses the lawyer. Still, all of them agree: if you do immigration law, that's the only kind of law you do.
If you are thinking of moving into this specialty, though, you can get a lot of variety in your practice nonetheless. Since you deal with federal law, you can practice anywhere in the country - not just on the borders or the coasts.
As you'll hear from the immigration lawyers we spoke with, your practice can include any combination of asylum, family, and/ or business immigration issues. Plus, with the immigration laws themselves changing every few years, there is a great deal of research and updating to be done in this specialty.
And, the federal bureaucracy, combined with a negative shift in attitude towards immigration to the United States, can make the practice frustrating - but all the more rewarding when you succeed.
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