Running a One-Woman Show

Hanging out a shingle shortly after graduation may seem daunting, but with entry-level opportunities still infrequent, AILA member Kira Gagarin explains how she started her shop from the ground up in the October 2014 VOICE.


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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has the tools and resources to assist you in starting and maintaining a career in immigration law. Browse through our many membership benefits that provide education opportunities, encourage networking, and give you services to jumpstart your career.

To apply for membership please download the application and submit it with payment and proof of full-time student status.

As a law student member, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

News and Information

AILA InfoNet
Law student members have special access (with research capabilities) to online resources, including the most up-to-date immigration news and information, government notices, and the latest on AILA activities, products, services, and events – all available at and completely searchable.

Student E-Newsletter
Law student members receive a quarterly e-newsletter geared specifically to the interests of law students. This benefit highlights ways for you to get involved in AILA, read AILA member success stories, and much more!

AILA8 Daily E-Newsletter
AILA8 is your daily e-newsletter that allows you to read the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less.

Fastcase provides free access to a comprehensive legal research system containing a full range of federal caselaw and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decisions. It features smarter technology, customized searching, and even a mobile legal research app!

Free Downloadable Content
Visit AILA AGORA to download a variety of content including podcasts, audio seminars, and articles that are free to AILA student members!

AILA Conferences
Law student members of AILA can attend conferences at a significantly discounted rate. You’ll hear from leading experts who will share experiences and provide professional insight on critical immigration issues. In addition, AILA conferences are designed to allow for networking opportunities so that students can build their network of contacts, greatly enhancing their chances for professional advancement once they pass the bar.

AILA Publications
AILA offers a wide variety of must-have immigration law publications written and edited by some of the nation's leading immigration law experts. Law student membership grants you substantial discounts on publications such as:


AILA Membership Listing

All AILA law student members are included in the online “Find A Member” area. This is a great tool for researching immigration law firms and AILA members in your area, giving you a head start preparing for the post-law school job hunt! Our user friendly interface allows you to search for AILA members by a number of different criteria including name, location, area of expertise, and more. MyAILA also allows you to create your own profile with biographical and professional information.

Student E-mail Network
Network with other student members from around the country. Ask questions, start a debate, or discover answers to the case challenges that you are studying at your own school.

Student Events
For the latest updates on student events, check the Law Student page regularly. AILA National, local chapters, schools, and other groups may be hosting an event near you!

Other Great Benefits for your Personal and Professional Development

AILA Career Center
When you post your resume through AILA’s Career Center, you can highlight on your resume that you are an AILA Law Student Member. You will also gain access to the latest articles on job hunting, resume writing, and networking through several new features of the Center.

Advocacy and Communications AILA’s Advocacy and Communications staff is committed to educating the public, media, and members of Congress about the ways in which U.S. immigration law and policy serves the national interest by reuniting American families, protecting refugees, and providing U.S. employers with the specialized skills they need to remain globally competitive. Students are invited to get involved: take action - make a difference - especially at the local level!

AILA Association Partners As a law student member, you are eligible for the AILA member credit card. This is a low-interest credit card with no annual fee. And, once you graduate, there are more than 15 special offerings—including liability insurance, computer equipment, and web designing services to help you get your professional career started right!

Become an AILA Law Student Member and enjoy reduced dues when you become eligible for Attorney Member status!

Please take a minute to go over the process of becoming a member. To apply for membership, download our printable law student application.

If you have any questions about membership or AILA in general, please feel free to contact the AILA membership department by e-mail or by phone at 202-507-7635.

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