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By studying Immigration Law at New England Law | Boston, you will experience the true work of an immigration lawyer, from assisting individuals looking to enter or remain in the U.S., to helping businesses navigate international hiring, to developing policies with global implications. And you’ll be at the forefront of human rights and national security issues, 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, you will be well-prepared by the practical experience and unique course work offered at New England Law. You can learn more about the specific classes and hands-on learning experiences available through our Immigration Law Concentration below: 

Please note: the courses and projects that qualify students for the program may vary from year to year.

What You’ll Learn

When you graduate from New England Law with a concentration in Immigration Law, you will:

  • Be prepared to work in one or more areas of the immigration legal profession, including transactional and litigation settings.
  • Have hands-on experience related to your professional goals and interests.
  • 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, as well as immigration policy.
  • Know your professional and ethical responsibilities to your clients—and appreciate the power of the law and your ability to affect the lives and well-being of others.
  • Have strong foundational lawyering skills, such as legal research and analysis, problem-solving, and communicating effectively.           

Graduate Profile: Manmeet Kaur Desai

Manmeet Kaur Desai, a former high school teacher, arrived at New England Law “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 study abroad program in Malta. Not only did she meet Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., a guest lecturer in the program, but she also studied refugee and asylum law and worked with refugees with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees.

“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.”

Since graduating 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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