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By choosing to study immigration law you will experience the work of an immigration lawyer, from assisting individuals looking to enter or remain in the US, to helping businesses find the right employee, to developing policies with global implications. Immigration attorneys often work at the forefront of human rights and national security, using and developing laws in areas such as refugees and asylum, human trafficking, and transnational migration.

A recent graduate of New England Law | Boston after completing her immigration law  school degree.
“I saw firsthand how the law could immediately change lives, and the immigration law concentration allowed me to focus on this important field.” Manmeet Kaur Desai, Graduate, interned with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees.

If becoming an immigration lawyer interests you, we invite you to review our course offerings. Please note: the courses and projects that qualify students for the Immigration Law Concentration vary from year to year. More information on our immigration law school courses is available to enrolled students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, a student receiving the Immigration Concentration transcript designation will:

  1. Demonstrate core knowledge sufficient for entry into one or more areas of the immigration legal profession.
  2. Be able to engage in legal research and analysis, apply law to resolve clients’ problems, and effectively communicate both orally and in writing.           
  3. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities to clients, including an appreciation for the power of the law and legal professionals to affect the lives and well-being of individuals and communities.
  4. Gain other professional skills:
  • Understand the roles of the immigration lawyer in various contexts, such as family and employment based immigration, defense of removal, asylum and other immigrant and non-immigrant visas, in both the transactional and litigation contexts, as well as with respect to policy discussions.
  • Possess foundational lawyering skills, related to each student’s professional goals and interests. 
  • Be able to engage in self-regulated learning as a member of the legal profession.

Graduate Profile: Manmeet Kaur Desai

Manmeet Kaur Desai, a former high school teacher, arrived at New England Law | Boston “wanting to effect change and do something with international human rights.” The path to achieving that became clear when she attended the law school’s summer program in Malta. Not only did she meet Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., a guest lecturer in the program, she also studied refugee and asylum law and worked with refugees with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in its Malta office.

“It was international human rights law with a different spin,” she says. “I worked with individuals who had left their countries, and I saw how the law and their human rights were tied together. To see that vulnerability and their reliance on the law, that’s what attracted me. I just knew I had to practice immigration law.”

After graduation, the Houston native has worked for two Boston-area consulting firms, first as in-house counsel and currently as immigration program manager. She also serves as vice president of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston.

Director: Dina Francesca Haynes

Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Immigration Law Concentration, is a former director general of the Human Rights Department for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina; protection officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees; and attorney with the US Department of Justice.

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Dina Francesca  Haynes
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