Continuing Legal Education

Franklin County Bar Association offers distance learning CLEs. Please CLICK HERE to view all CLEs offered by FCBA. PA attorneys may complete 6 distance learning CLEs per compliance year. Visit to learn more.


Introduction to Immigration Continuing Legal Education Series   

Have you considered adding immigration law to your practice or simply interested in learning more about this hot topic?  The Introduction to Immigration CLE Series will provide you with a basic understanding of immigration law and is intended for practitioners who have no or very little immigration law experience.  Immigration law is a complex topic.  This CLE series will provide the basic groundwork to assist someone in starting to learn the various components of the system.  The following are a list of sessions with brief descriptions:

Introduction to Immigration: What do all these acronyms mean? CLICK HERE for Immigration 101    Session 1 will focus on laying the groundwork necessary to understand the various aspects of immigration with a specific focus on providing background on all of the terms and acronyms used within immigration. 

Introduction to Family Immigration: My family member is a U.S. citizen, what do I do? CLICK HERE for Intro to Family Immigration Session 2 will focus on family-based immigration. The session will cover who can petition for their family members as well as providing an overview of the family-based immigration process including adjustment of status and consular processing. Practitioners will receive nuts and bolts tips on preparing and submitting applications as well as information on developing issues in the field of family immigration. 

Introduction to Naturalization Click Here for Intro to Naturalization Session 3 in the Introduction to Immigration CLE series will focus on the naturalization process. Practitioners will learn the nuts and bolts of representing someone in their naturalization application. Participants will also be advised of issues to look for when screening a potential client. Finally, attendees will have a chance to see if they can pass the naturalization test!

Introduction to Employment Immigration I: Nonimmigrant Visas Click Here for Employment Immigration I Session 4 will look at temporary visas like student visas where the person is coming for a specific purpose with plans to return to their home country.

Introduction to Employment Immigration II: Immigrant Visas Click Here for Employment Immigration II Session 5 will discuss the process an employer must do in order to petition for a green card for an employee.

Introduction to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Custody and Unaccompanied Minors Click Here for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Session 6 will provide information for situations when custody and immigration meet for children who entered or attempted to enter the U.S. without a parent or guardian.

Introduction to Crimmigration: Will that criminal conviction make my client removable? Click Here for Crimmigration Session 7 will focus on the cross section between criminal law and immigration and with a specific focus on evaluating the immigration impact of a criminal conviction.

Introduction to Humanitarian Immigration: Asylum, VAWA, and Visas for Victims of Crimes Click Here for Humanitarian Immigration Session 8 will discuss the various types of visas and immigration process for those seeking protection whether that protection be from persecution, domestic violence, or because the person was a victim of a crime. 


Spanish for Lawyers Series (Intermediate Level) $10 per substantive CLE

The Franklin County Bar Association is presenting this special series at a discounted rate to assist attorneys in developing their Spanish language skills.  These courses are taught in Spanish without subtitles, with each course focusing on a different area of legal practice.  These courses are now available for only $10 each for CLE credit, and all are also offered as a non-credit course.

Credit Courses: Noncredit Courses:
Intro to Spanish for Lawyers Intro to Spanish for Lawyers
Criminal Law Criminal Law
Family Law Family Law
Immigration & Personal Injury Immigration 
  Personal Injury



Franklin County Bar Association offers many lunch & learn CLEs and PA Bar Institute CLEs. Please visit OUR EVENTS CALENDAR to see the current schedule.


Distance Courses are also available from Butler County Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association, and Westmoreland Bar Association. 


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