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Help The Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses As An Immigration Lawyer

A hotly discussed topic in politics, immigration law creates some interesting careers for lawyers. Christina H. Lee’s law practice includes family-based immigration law, removal defense and employment-based immigration law. In this video, she tells you all about how to become an immigration lawyer.

Most immigration lawyers focus on one type of practice, so we focus on family-based immigration and removal defense cases in our interview. Listen for Christina’s defense of her work. If you’re interested in social justice, though, pay attention to her tips on finding immigration law jobs.
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Today’s Guest

Immigration Attorney Christina H. LeeImmigration Attorney Christina H. Lee
Title: Founding Partner, Becker & Lee LLP
City: San Francisco, CA
Law School: UC Davis School of Law in Davis, CA
College: Barnard College, Columbia University in New York, NY
Other Career: Christina worked as a community advocate at the Asian Law Caucus for a year before going to law school.
Videos: How To Become An Immigration Lawyer & Christina’s Career Advice


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Marc: Hey everyone, today on JD Careers Out There we’re looking at immigration law jobs and what it’s like to be an immigration lawyer, so stick around. [theme song]

Alright, as you may already know, at JDCOT we explore career paths both in and out of law to help you find a career that fits you and help you succeed using your law degree.

I’m your host Marc Luber, the founder of JDCOT. I’ve always used my law degree to work in alternative jobs for lawyers – first in the music industry and then as a legal recruiter. I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers since 2003 and I’m excited for the opportunity to help you.

Today’s guest is Christina Lee. She’s an immigration lawyer in San Francisco and one of the founding partners of immigration boutique Becker and Lee. Christina co-founded this firm after working in all areas of immigration law at three different immigration firms. She’s got a lot of great stuff to share with us today, so let’s meet Christina. Christina, welcome to the show!

Christina: Hi Marc, thanks for having me.

Marc: Definitely. Thank you for being here. Christina, we’re excited to learn all about immigration law jobs, so we’re going to be asking you questions about a typical day, who fits this path best, how to become an immigration lawyer and how to succeed!

So let’s start with this. Tell us about your practice and what you do as an Immigration Lawyer.

Christina: I have a firm that I just started with a partner in January and we have a few associates that work for us and a few staff members. We practice all areas of Immigration Law, which includes family-based and removal defense and employment-based immigration.

However, employment-based is sort of its own world, so for this session I’m going to just focus on the family and removal-side of immigration.

Marc: Well, that’s great. You know what – I’ll let the audience know right now that we’re going to have a different guest speak about the Employment Immigration Law and we’ll have a separate video on that. So, go ahead and tell us about what you do.

Christian: So, to focus on the family-removal side, basically for family-based immigration, it involves a lot of family members petitioning other family members, either through marriage or parents petitioning children or children petitioning their parents, either for those immigrants who are here in the US or if they’re outside the country and they would counselor-process in.

The removal part is the litigation part of immigration Law. So, for those who like to go to court and argue and talk to judges, removal defense is the place to be. For removal defense, we go to court, and Immigration is trying to deport our clients, either because they’ve been here undocumented or ran out of status or they might have committed some crimes.

So essentially, removal defense is just asking the court through legal avenues to try and keep our clients here.

Marc: Interesting. OK, so let’s start breaking this down further. What would you say your main mission is as an Immigration Lawyer? Is it basically helping people who are not from America to stay in America?

Christina: Yes. Essentially for family-based and removal defense, yes. It’s basically, our purpose is to allow people to either come here or stay here.

Most of our clients, for a removal defense, are people who’ve been here many, many years – either, you know, average, probably 20 plus years. They’ve been undocumented and they have – their whole family is here; their children, grandchildren and there’s also other clients who don’t have those facts as well but our main mission in immigration Law is to allow people to stay here in the United States.

Marc: Interesting stuff. We’ll dig deeper into immigration law jobs in the full interview – lots more to talk about. You’ll all hear Christina tell us about what it’s like to work in immigration law, how to become an immigration lawyer and how to succeed in this path.

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Thanks again for watching everybody. I’m Marc Luber and I’ll see ya soon.

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