Publications & Presentations
June 3, 2016
From Law360

By Allissa Wickham

With its dizzying swirl of federal agencies, regulations and policy memos — not to mention a highly specific legal jargon — immigration law can seem inscrutable to beginners, even if they’re extremely passionate and motivated about the subject.

While the complex field has a reputation for being hard to break into, it does offer certain perks: It provides not only a chance to make a difference in people’s lives, but also a sense of camaraderie among its practitioners that can be rare in other legal areas.

Here, seasoned attorneys provide five tips for younger lawyers who are considering the dive into immigration law.

Finding a mentor is also a great idea, says Jeffrey Bell, a shareholder at Polsinelli PC. He recommends signing up with the American Immigration Lawyers Association,noting that becoming an AILA member provides access to events that local chapters hold.

“[It’s] a great way for that attorney — whether it be a student or an attorney just starting out — to really make connections, to meet people, and possibly then to find some mentors to help guide the way,” Bell said.

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