This study explores the educational and work experiences of immigration lawyers. Areas to be explored in interviews include typical academic paths, the challenges immigration lawyers commonly face in practicing immigration law, and the ways they manage them. Recent literature suggests that immigration lawyers encounter many ethical challenges in their work and have increased rates of burnout. (Markham, 2020) Immigration policies present their own challenges with assisting clients, and recent COVID restrictions have added to these existing issues in the immigration system. A snowball technique is used to locate study participants, and interview data will be obtained using zoom. This study is currently under review by the WCU IRB. By conducting this study, we hope to gain a better sense of why burn-out is so common in this area of law and if this is due to the ethical issues that immigration lawyers face throughout their career or whether it is due to other reasons (e.g., employment benefits).
Nair, E. (2021). Immigration Law. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/anthrosoc_stuwork/4