Basic Immigration Law Course

Several training centers throughout the U.S. conduct the Basic Immigration Law course, which is built on a curriculum developed by the ILRC and utilizes our publication, A Guide for Immigration Advocates. Please contact the sites below for questions related to course overviews, dates, and registration.

Enrollment Advisory: Trainings described on this page are primarily intended for legal professionals who work for non-profit agencies seeking BIA accreditation. Where appropriate, the organizers of each training may determine additional admission standards that include paralegal students, legal advocates, service professionals and attorneys in private practice.  Please consult directly with the host of the course to find out more details.



Akron, PA


Mennonite Central Committee, U.S.
Instructor: Saulo Padilla
Phone: (717) 859-1151


Aurora, CO

Immigrant Hope
May 19 - 23, 2014
Coordinator: Benjamin Johnson
Phone: (612) 516-5422



Camden, NJ

Camden Center for Social Justice
Instructor: Carole Wood
Phone: (856) 583-2950


Chicago, IL

Six-Day Immigration Training
Wed, April 8, 2015 – Wed, April 15, 2015 (no class on Sat or Sun)
ICIRR Conference Room - Chicago, IL
Deadline to apply: March 16
To register, contact Fred Tsao: or 312-332-7360 x213

Illinois Coalition for Immig/Refugee Rts
Instructor: Fred Tsao
Phone: (312) 332-7360 x213


Des Moines, IA


Midwest Immigration Legal Project
Instructor: James Benzoni
Phone: (515) 271-5730


Baltimore, MD


World Relief
Instructor: Courtney Tudi
Phone:  (443) 451-1900 x207


Los Angeles


Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
Instructor: Greg Simons
Phone: (213) 353-3919


New York, NY (Metro)

Hostos Community College
Instructor: John Whitfield
Phone: (718) 518-6656


New York, NY (Metro)

CUNY School of Professional Studies
Coordinator: Dawn Picken
Phone (646) 664-8602


New York, NY (Metro)


Scalabrini Center NYC
Instructor: John Whitfield


San Diego, CA


Southwestern Community College
Instructor: Kathy Mautino & Donald Sheppard


Sites without a Recurring Schedule

San Francisco, CA

City College of San Francisco — Legal/Paralegal Studies
Instructor: Adria-Ann McMurray


San Jose, CA

Evergreen Valley College — School of Business
Instructor: Merle Kahn
Phone: (408) 274-7900 x6434


Washington, DC (Metro)


Northern Virginia Community College
Instructor: Melanie Nezer