Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, please submit either the Information Request Form or, if you are a CLINIC member, the Affiliate Support form.





General CLINIC Training Questions

Who can register for a CLINIC training?

CLINIC trainings are open to the staff and volunteers of CLINIC affiliates, any other nonprofit agency, and private attorneys and their staff. Independent non-attorney legal workers are not eligible to register for CLINIC trainings.

I am a government employee. Can I register for a CLINIC training?

If you are a government employee, you may not register for this training without prior authorization from CLINIC. You may request permission to register by contacting CLINIC at

How do I register for a CLINIC training?

All registration for CLINIC trainings is conducted on our website. Before you register for any training, you must create a user account on our website. If you do not have a user account already, visit to get started.

I have a user account but I forgot my username or password. What can I do?

If you forgot your username, please email for assistance. If you forgot your password, please go to and click on the “Request new password” tab.

Can I share my user account with other staff at my agency or law office?

Every individual who wants to register for a CLINIC training needs to create an individual user account which should not be shared with other colleagues. Each user account should relate to a separate individual in the agency with an email address specific to that person.

Is there a deadline for training registration?

All CLINIC training announcements include the registration deadline. Generally, registration closes the day before the training commences unless the training is already at capacity.

I do not have funds to register for a training. Does CLINIC offer training scholarships?

CLINIC does not provide scholarships for fee-based training unless otherwise noted in the training information on the CLINIC website. Note that CLINIC offers many webinars without fee and has several webinar recordings posted on the CLINIC website.

Are CLE credits provided for all your trainings?

CLINIC is authorized by the State Bar of California to provide minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) training. CLINIC’s e-learning immigration law courses are generally either 75 or 90 minutes long. If you are a California attorney, you are eligible to claim 1.15 or 1.5 hours of MCLE credits for each live webinar you attend in our e-learning immigration law courses. To receive MCLE credit, please provide your state bar number when you register for each live webinar. You may seek self-study CLE credit for viewing any recorded webinars posted on the course website. If you are an attorney licensed in another state, please check with your state bar to determine whether this training qualifies for MCLE credit.
Are training certificates issued for all trainings?
Training certificates are issued for attendance at live webinars, virtual workshops, and in-person trainings, and for completion of all e-course requirements. We are not able to issue certificates of attendance for viewing recorded webinars that are not part of an e-course.

What training is right for my level of experience?

CLINIC conducts a wide variety of trainings, including those geared to the new practitioner and those directed at experienced practitioners. The training description and draft agenda include a detailed description of the topics to be covered which should help you decide if the training is presented at a level appropriate to your knowledge and experience. You may also contact the training instructor listed in the training flier for more information about the training level. Note that “Introductory” and “Overview” trainings are designed for the practitioner who does not have experience in the training topic.

What training should I take if I am seeking initial accreditation or to support the renewal of my accreditation?

CLINIC ‘s resources on initial accreditation and renewal of accreditation describe all eligibility requirements for seeking and renewing accredited representative status, including obtaining appropriate training. To access these CLINIC resources, click here.

How do I receive announcements of upcoming trainings?

You can sign up to receive CLINIC training and webinar announcements by visiting the CLINIC website at and subscribing to all categories of emails you’d like to receive.


E-learning Courses

How do I access a CLINIC e-course website?

Each CLINIC e-course has a corresponding course website with course self-study materials and webinar recordings posted after the webinar is conducted. If you don't have a user account for our e-learning site, you will be sent a username and password to access the course website on the first day of the course. Note that you cannot access the course website through the CLINIC website.

I have taken an e-learning course and already have a username and password. Can I continue to use the same one?

If you already have a username and password from participating in a prior e-course, you should use them to access any new e-course you take.

I forgot my e-learning username. What can I do?

If you forgot your username, please email us at

What if I can’t make all the scheduled live webinars for my e-learning course?

All live course webinars are recorded and posted on the course website so you can listen to the recording at your convenience.

What is required to receive a course completion certificate in an e-learning course?

All e-learning courses specify the course completion requirements; generally students are required to complete certain self-study requirements in addition to attending or viewing recordings of all course webinars. Each course specifies a deadline for completion of required activities.


Webinar/Webinar Series

I registered with CLINIC for the webinar but did not receive further information about confirmation or instructions. What should I do?

Please e-mail us at Be sure to include the name of the training and the e-mail address you used to register.

If I bought a webinar series, where do I find the recordings for the webinar series?

You will receive instructions on how to access the course site and materials a week prior to the first webinar in the series. The recordings will be posted on the course site within 24 hours after the conclusion of the webinar. Individuals who purchase a webinar series have access to posted recordings of all webinars in the series for 30 days following the last webinar.

I purchased an individual webinar. Can I access the recording(s) for the webinar(s) I purchased?

Access to the recording for fee-based single-live webinars is not provided. Select free single-live webinar recordings may be posted on our Webinar Archive page within 24-48 hours. The status of whether a webinar recording will be made available, or not, is noted on each corresponding calendar event page.

Will I get a certificate?

CLINIC issues certificates of attendance to everyone who attended a live webinar within 24 hours after the webinar is conducted. Certificates of attendance can only be issued to those who individually signed into the live webinar; if you listened to the live webinar with others but did not separately register for the webinar, you will not receive a certificate.

What are the training fees?

These are our training fees for 2024. Unless otherwise specified in a training announcement, we do not have training scholarships or discounts.
  Affiliates Nonprofit Agency Staff Attorneys and Staff
Webinars $35 $75 $120
Two-Part Webinar Series* $70 $135 $220
Three-Part Webinar Series* $105 $195 $320
Four-Part Webinar Series* $140 $255 $420
E-Course (4 week)* $240 $280 $385
E-Course (6 week)* $320 $360 $495
COIL: Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law* $495 $545 $650
In-person/Virtual Workshop (One Day) $120 $145 $220
In-person (Two Days) $260 $300 $435

*Access to the webinar recordings are provided with your purchase.

For other large conference events, please see specific information related to that event.


Refund Policy

I registered for an online training. Can I receive a refund if I cancel my registration?

All registration changes or cancellations are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Please note that CLINIC can only issue refunds for an e-learning course until one week prior to the course opening date. There are no refunds for webinars, webinar series, or rapid e-learning courses.

I registered for an in-person/virtual workshop training. Can I receive a refund if I cancel my registration?

Requests for refunds will be accepted up to one week (7 days) prior to the start of the training. All refunds are subject to an administrative charge of $70.00. Cancellations for Convening are subject to an administrative charge of $100.00 and must be requested up to two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of training.

I registered for a training more than 4 months ago and now I can’t attend. Can I receive a refund if I cancel my registration?

Requests for refunds must occur within 110 days of the original transaction.

I registered for an in-person/virtual workshop training but can no longer attend. Can I transfer my registration?

Registration can only be transferred within an organization. There are no extra charges or fees to transfer your registration. All transfer requests must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm EST the day prior to the start of the training.

Didn’t find the answer to your question?

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DOJ Accreditation Training Questions

How much immigration law do I need to know to qualify for initial DOJ accreditation?

Case decisions issued by the DOJ require candidates for accredited representative status to have a broad knowledge of immigration law and procedure. This means that you need to have an immigration law background that enables you to spot issues or remedies that may relate to services not provided by your agency. For example, even if your agency does not represent asylum applicants, the DOJ wants to know that you have enough knowledge of immigration law to recognize when this remedy may apply to someone you counsel.

What are the training requirements for initial accreditation?

The DOJ requires that applicants for initial accreditation have recently completed at least one formal training course providing an overview of immigration law. An overview training is one that covers the fundamentals of immigration law and procedure and shows how different sections of immigration law are interconnected and affect other areas of law.

In addition to requiring one formal overview training for initial accreditation, the DOJ has also addressed what issues it considers to be part of core training on immigration law. This includes routes to permanent resident status, inadmissibility grounds and waivers, the removal process and relief from removal, humanitarian remedies and naturalization, as well as practice skills including research and writing, interviewing, case management, and ethics.

If you are working for an agency or program that specializes in a particular type of service (e.g. VAWA and U visa applications), you also need to show that you have training directed to that specialty area.

How can CLINIC help me get the training I need to qualify for initial accreditation?

Applicants for initial accreditation must establish that they have broad knowledge and adequate experience in immigration law and have taken at least one recent formal overview of immigration law course. CLINIC offers a course that meets this requirement: Comprehensive Overview Immigration Law (COIL) e-learning course. This course will be offered several times a year.

What is the Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law (COIL)?

CLINIC offers an intensive eight-week e-course for the aspiring or new practitioner who is prepared to make the time commitment required to fully participate in this course and complete its requirements. The course has an accelerated pace, including two 75-minute webinars each week, as well as self-directed learning activities to support each course unit.

Overall, a course participant should expect to spend between 8 and 10 hours each week to attend or listen to recordings of the weekly webinars, and complete the corresponding course activities. Course completion also requires achieving a passing grade on an open-book final exam.

If you have the time to devote to this learning experience, then this course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law and establish the training background to support an application for DOJ accreditation.

Will I be accredited by taking only the COIL course?

We recommend supplementing the COIL course with additional 90 minute webinars or other substantive immigration law trainings. CLINIC regularly offers additional trainings (webinar, webinar series, e-course, in-person) which address specific issues in immigration law covering topics of common interest to immigration legal practitioners and a review of the latest developments in immigration law and procedure. Visit our training calendar to learn about upcoming trainings.

If I do not have time for a e-learning course or the COIL, does CLINIC offer other types of training?

In addition to extended courses on core immigration issues, CLINIC also regularly offers webinars on specialized topics in immigration law. These 90-minute presentations can help deepen your knowledge about a particular immigration law issue and bring you up-to-date on legal developments. However, webinars alone would not be sufficient to support an application for accredited representative status.

Do I need any special training to qualify for full accreditation?

Full-accredited representatives can represent individuals in immigration court and in appeals before the DOJ. For this reason, an applicant for full-accredited representative status needs to show the DOJ that she or he has legal research and writing skills and training in trial and appellate advocacy. CLINIC has sponsored court skills training for non-attorney legal workers in the past and may provide this training again, depending on demand.

Do I need to continue to get training to renew my accredited representative status?

Yes, you need to participate in training on an ongoing basis after becoming an accredited representative. Immigration law and procedure is constantly changing, and training helps you keep abreast of these changes as well as deepen and strengthen your knowledge and your practice skills. DOJ notes that renewal requests should provide documentation that the accredited representative has received additional formal training in immigration law since the most recent accreditation. Visit our training calendar to learn about upcoming training opportunities and be sure to keep a good record of all trainings attended with the date, title, provider, type of training, agenda, and certificate.

How can CLINIC help me deepen my knowledge and skills after I am accredited?

Check CLINIC's training calendar and website to look for the courses that will provide you with training in new practice areas (e.g., waivers, removal, citizenship, crimes, humanitarian relief, and selected issues in naturalization) or deepen your knowledge of immigration law through more advanced coverage of particular immigration law issues or new policies affecting your practice. In addition, CLINIC's webinars provide focused coverage and updates on immigration law and procedure and can help you document your ongoing training as an accredited representative.

Whom should I contact if I have more questions about what training I should take?

If you have questions about a particular course, contact the person listed on the course flier for more information about the training content. For other general questions about training and appropriate courses to take for DOJ accreditation, CLINIC affiliates may submit a question via the Affiliate Support form. If you are not a current CLINIC affiliate, you may submit a question via our Information Request Form.


CLINIC Membership Questions

Who are CLINIC affiliates?

CLINIC’s affiliate network represents the vibrant diversity of local groups defending immigrants and facilitating their integration. Our affiliates include libraries, affordable housing nonprofits, refugee service organizations, domestic violence survivor assistance programs, labor unions, and more. Affiliate agencies provide authorized immigration legal representation from attorneys and/or Department of Justice (DOJ) accredited representatives at the partial or full level. While hundreds of attorneys work in the network, most staff are accredited representatives. Staff range in their years of legal experience, areas of expertise and non-English language options. Many are immigrants themselves. These individuals provide the bulk of the direct, charitable legal services to communities across the country.

Are there different types of CLINIC affiliation?

In 2023, Catholic-based nonprofits serving community needs, including immigration legal services, can apply for a CLINIC membership. Non-Catholic nonprofits with a mission to serve low-income immigrants by providing, or seeking to provide, legal immigration services can apply for a subscription.

How much is a CLINIC affiliation?

Yearly affiliation dues range from $600.00 to $1500.00.

What are CLINIC affiliation benefits?

Training and Technical Assistance

Technical support for substantive immigration law questions;
Technical support on Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation;
Technical support on starting, sustaining, and growing an immigration program;
Legal and program management tools, toolkits, practice advisories, training manuals, and other resources to enhance your practice and better serve clients;
Free webinars on unique issues in program management and immigration law;
Discount registration for CLINIC trainings and annual Convening;
CLINIC’s monthly e-newsletters;

Advocacy Support

Strategy guidance on state and local legislative issues;
CLINIC’s Topline Immigration Policy, or TIPs Updates;
CLINIC Affiliate Advocacy listserv;
Monthly State and Local newsletter.
E-Advocacy Action Alerts;
Case escalation support;

Other Benefits

Affiliates-only section of CLINIC's website for resources and support;
CLINIC's web-based Job Board to advertise and search for the best applicants in the country;
Discount pricing for use of LawLogix’s EDGE immigration case management system;
Consultations with experts on immigrant and community integration initiatives;
Periodic flow-through funding opportunities.

What are the eligibility requirements for a CLINIC membership?

CLINIC’s mission is to extend and improve the legal immigration work principally performed by the Catholic Church in the United States. CLINIC offers membership to Catholic nonprofits, as opposed to individuals, serving low-income and at-risk immigrants. Separately incorporated, non-profit organizations within the same Catholic diocese shall independently obtain, and not share, CLINIC membership.

Do you provide discounts or a sliding scale?

CLINIC does not provide a payment plan or sliding scale. Members pay a reduced fee of half the annual amount above if the application is approved between July through December. All renewals require the full dues amount. All renewals are invoiced at full, annual amount. Membership dues are invoiced at the beginning of the year when the annual renewal process begins.

I have heard you have an exclusive agreement with LawLogix. Can you tell me more?

LawLogix Edge is the exclusive provider and all-in-one immigration case management solution to CLINIC and its affiliates. Complete with integrated immigration forms, billing, robust reporting, mobile intake capabilities, client web portal and more, LawLogix Edge enables thousands of today's leading immigration practitioners to serve more clients more efficiently. CLINIC affiliates who are leveraging Edge benefit from pricing discounts, comprehensive training and educational opportunities as well as certification programs.

How do I apply for a CLINIC membership?

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate, please use the Information Request Form and select "I am interested in learning more about joining the CLINIC Network.”