AILA’s self-paced online courses provide between 10 to 20 hours of interactive, personalized content, with a mix of instructional videos, quizzes, readings, discussion forums, exercises for hands-on practice, sample and reference documents, and tests. Increase your skills with specialized content also provided through partnerships.
The AILA Consular Processing Online Course is an intermediate, self-paced CLE online course, eligible for up to 28 total credits (including 2 ethics credits), provides a resource for immigration attorneys advising clients as their visas are processed in U.S. embassies and consulates. The 8 course modules take participants through the different facets of consular processing, starting with the consular context, covering nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, waivers, and options when your client’s visa is denied. In each module, participants learn from instructive videos, articles and practice advisories, sample forms and letters, and quick reference resources such as charts, checklists, or templates. The course provides hands-on engagement via interactive elements such as discussion questions, practice exercises, quizzes, and tests at the end of each module.
AILA University and AILA Practice & Professional Center present the AILA Launching and Boosting Your Immigration Practice Mini-Online Course, a new member benefit law practice management-centered mini-online course. This self-paced course is created as a thank you to our members in this difficult year, the course offers a collection of recorded programs that will put your firm on the right path for success in 2021. This curated course pulls together highlights from some of AILA’s best education from 2020.
New practitioners or those looking to strengthen core aspects of their practice will benefit from Part 1: Launching Your Immigration Practice, which guides members through the essentials of opening a practice, marketing it, managing it financially, and creating ethical, efficient and profitable management processes. More advanced lawyers will enjoy Part 2: Boosting Your Immigration Practice, programs on cybersecurity and incorporating technology, ramping up marketing, and adding well-being into their firm practices. Cap off Part 2 with a panel on post-Election updates and AILA’s policy suggestions for the new Biden/Harris administration.
A crucial intermediate-to-advanced resource for defending your clients from removal.
The AILA Removal Defense Online Course is a self-paced CLE online course that provides an intermediate-level resource for Removal Defense practitioners to help them navigate the many ins and outs of removal defense practice. The 7 course modules take participants through the removal defense journey, from custody and bond issues, through motions to reopen and reconsider.
Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course and will be eligible to earn up to 25 CLE credits (including up to 1.75 Ethics credits).
For removal defense attorneys looking to take their practice to the next level, this upper-intermediate resource is designed to refresh your understanding of the basics while delving into many of the complexities and nuances of this complicated area of immigration law. Register for the course here.
A strong foundation for immigration attorneys!
AILA's Fundamentals of Immigration Law explains the ins and outs of immigration law and gives entry level practitioners the confidence to handle routine matters with ease. provide the information you need, such as acronyms, client management, and guidance on asylum, business immigration, citizenship and naturalization, family-based immigration, and removal issues, to name a few.
Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course and will be eligible to earn up to 20.5 CLE credits.
If you or an attorney in your firm is new to this area of law, AILA’s self-paced, interactive Fundamentals Course provides the perfect foundation for a long and successful immigration law career.
"This course was perfect!! Thank you! The videos were helpful and the speakers were great! It helped to have multiple quizzes. Loved it. Thank you so much for creating this." – Amie
A comprehensive PERM Labor Certification resource!
This self-paced intermediate-level resource prepares PERM practitioners to navigate common (and less-common) issues that can arise in PERM practice.
The course takes participants through the PERM journey: determining whether PERM is the best option for the client; crafting the job description and requirements; submitting the prevailing wage request and documenting the beneficiary's qualifications; and recruitment, filing, audits, and post-decision issues (whether it be filing an appeal of a denial or moving forward to the immigrant petition based on an approval).
At the conclusion of the course participants will receive certificate of completion and are eligible for up to 15 CLE hours in 60-minute jurisdictions. Register for the course here
I absolutely loved this course. It is the best online immigration course that I have taken. The PERM process is very intricate, with not much room for error, but the information was well put together and very understandable. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE!" – Martina
The AILA Paralegals Online Course is the perfect resource for training your law office staff!
Paralegals enrolled in the course gain access to a wealth of information about immigration law, curated resources, advice from expert attorneys and experienced paralegals, and networking and discussion opportunities with fellow paralegals. All the content in the course was designed by our committee of subject matter experts and informed by focus groups of immigration paralegals, in order to truly meet the needs of immigration law office staff in today’s difficult climate.
Only paralegals verified as working under the supervision of AILA member attorneys will be able to register for the course. If you have already purchased the course, you can find it in your Dashboard.
Do you speak Spanish but have trouble speaking about legal issues in Spanish? Sign up for the online Spanish for Lawyers course at the American University Washington College of Law! AILA is working in partnership with the American University Washington College of Law to offer a 25% discount on registration for this course to AILA members, AILA law student members, and AILA international associates. The course introduces students to legal Spanish concepts and cross-cultural communication in the context of U.S. criminal law and U.S. immigration law.
AILA members, law student members, and international associates can click here for more information and to access the discount.
The Spring 2021 edition of the Spanish for Lawyers course will be held from February 8 until April 16.
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Breaking Through the Backlog: Employment-Based Visa Interviews After COVID
After a year of U.S. embassy closures and travel bans, cases have piled up at the National Visa Center (NVC) and embassies, waiting for consular interviews. The experts on this intermediate panel will examine the current state of these backlogs, provide an update on policies and procedures, and highlight best practices for breaking through the backlogs and securing an interview for your client.