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This career certificate prepares students for careers in non-governmental organizations, local and federal government agencies, private and public institutions and businesses. Federal regulations at 8 C.F.R. § 1292.1(a)(4) allow non-attorney “Accredited Representatives” to represent aliens before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which includes the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). This career certificate is not an option for the education of paralegals.

Degrees & Certificates Offered

Career Certificate:


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  • Apply core concepts of U.S. immigration law.
  • Resource and utilize immigration regulatory agencies.
  • Analyze the role and functions of U.S. immigration law regulatory agencies as they apply to immigration and families.
  • Analyze the functions of U.S. immigration law regulatory agencies as they apply to removal and advocacy in immigration court.
  • Explore the role of and apply the core concepts of ethics to immigration advocacy and compliance.

Courses Offered:

  • LAWS 1501 - Immigration Regulatory Agencies 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 1503 - Immigration and Families 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 1505 - Inadmissibility, Removal and Immigration Advocacy 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 1509 - Ethics and Immigration Advocacy and Compliance 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 2327 - Immigration Law 4.5 Credits

Select one of the following:

  • LAWS 2320 - Torts 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 2322 - Family Law 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 2323 - Labor & Employment Law 4.5 Credits
  • LAWS 2324 - Criminal Law and Procedures 4.5 Credits

Students may use the Immigration Laws Specialist Career Certificate as a pathway to further their Legal Studies education in completion of the following Certificates and Degrees:

For More Information Contact

Sherman Willis
J.D., B.A., RICP®, Licensed Insurance Agent - Nebraska and Iowa
Business Area Division Coordinator | Law/Insurance Instructor
MCC Sarpy Center | 531-622-3832

Academic Focus Area (AFA) Community & Human Services

Associate in Applied Science: Legal Studies - Paralegal and Legal Studies
Paralegal Accelerated Certificate of Achievement

American BAR Association - ABA Approved