Under 27 NCAC 01D Section .2601 the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization designated immigration law as a field of law for which certification of specialists is permitted.
At Lawyer Legion, we recognize the important role that board certification specialty programs play when the public begins their search for an attorney.
For purposes of the board certification program the term "immigration law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "obtaining and retaining permission to enter and remain in the United States including, but not limited to, such matters as visas, changes of status, deportation and exclusion, naturalization, appearances before courts and governmental agencies, and protection of constitutional rights."
Attorneys in North Carolina who earn the designation are entitled to use the term "Board Certified Specialist in Immigration Law."
Attorney who apply for board certification in the specialty field of immigration law must meet certain standards including a showing of substantial involvement through a certain amount of time spent in the specialty area.
A certain portion of that substantial involvement can be met through service as a law professor concentrating in the teaching of immigration law.
Substantial involvement could also involve a showing that the attorney has participated in certain categories of activities including:
The attorney in North Carolina seeking board certification in immigration law must also show completion of certain number and type of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in immigration law and related areas such as trial advocacy, evidence, taxation, federal administrative procedure, employment law, family law, and criminal law and procedure.
The attorney must submit to peer review by other lawyers or judges familiar with the attorney's practice and qualifications in immigration law cases. Finally, the attorney must submit to a written examination testing the attorney's knowledge in immigration law matters.
The original period of certification in immigration law will last for five years. The attorney must then apply for continued certification by showing a certain number and type of continuing legal education (CLE) credits, peer review, and a continued showing of substantial involvement.
North Carolina's board certification program plays an important role in helping the public find the best attorney for their particular case. At Lawyer Legion, we understand the importance of these programs.
Our directory helps the public find an immigration law attorney for cases throughout North Carolina including Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Durham, Fayetteville, Cary, Wilmington, and High Point.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 22, 2019.