Join a community of more than 16,000 attorneys dedicated to advancing the practice of immigration law. AILA members are recognized as the country’s preeminent experts in this complex and rewarding area of law practice.
This information is not an exhaustive list of eligibility requirements. See formal eligibility requirements and specific benefits of each type of membership and affiliation. Special member categories for senior and retired members also exist.
Additional Member Benefits
AILA Law Journal
Our biennial law journal features timely articles that encompass various dimensions of immigration law perspectives in the United States. Members may download a free digital copy of the AILA Law Journal and order print copies at a discounted rate. Members are also encouraged to submit papers for publication.
Members receive a discount on subscriptions to our online immigration law library, AILALink. Subscribers get access to up-to-date primary and secondary sources such as the INA, CFR, and agency manuals and memos, as well as access to more than $4,000 worth of AILA publications, including digital and searchable versions of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and AILA’s Immigration Law Practice and Procedure Manual (the Cookbook).
Benefits for Legal Support Staff
AILA members may register their paralegals and support staff for free accounts on AILA.org, granting them access to research tools and educational opportunities. Registered paralegals and support staff can access resources on AILA’s website, ask questions and engage with the AILA community on the Message Center, and get reduced pricing on AILA conferences and publications.
Business Development Services
AILA’s Immigration Lawyer Search is a practice marketing service available for free to eligible AILA members. Potential clients can search by last name, practice area, language, and geographic location to find an attorney who meets their specific needs.
Conferences, eLearning, and CLE
AILA's virtual, in-person, and hybrid conferences deliver expert speakers, peer-to-peer learning, CLE credits, access to exhibitors, and lively networking opportunities. In addition to numerous conferences covering specialized areas throughout the year, our premier event, the AILA Annual Conference and Webcast on Immigration Law, is the largest gathering of immigration law professionals in the country.
AILA's eLearning platform provides access to live web seminars and self-paced, interactive online courses on a wide variety of topics, so you can delve into specialized areas of practice, stay up to speed on the latest trends and emerging issues, and earn CLE credits.
Members obtain discounted rates on our conferences, seminars, and online courses, as well as free access to member-only video roundtable discussions. Members can also access free OnDemand recordings of all AILA web seminars two weeks after they occur and earn CLE credit with payment of an administrative fee. We also provide members with more than 10 hours of free CLE seminar recordings each year.
Our member discount programs help you cut the costs of running your practice with savings on a range of important products and services, including office supplies, car rentals, hotel bookings, courier shipping, client management software, financial services, and insurance.
AILA members have access to a free digital version of the AILA Ethics Compendium, a comprehensive guide that separately analyzes state and federal rules of professional conduct, court opinions, legal ethics opinions, and other authority to explore hypotheticals and provide information and guidance.
In addition to the Compendium, the AILA Ethics Committee publishes helpful articles on diverse ethics topics and AILA's in-house practice and ethics advisors offer free, confidential phone consultations.
Fastcase: Free Online Legal Research Service
An AILA preferred partner, the nonprofit Capital Good Fund offers your immigration clients a trusted, safe, and fair loan service to finance their immigration costs, all while providing AILA members with an alternative to the risks and burdens of financing client legal fees alone.
Listservs and Message Center
Malpractice Insurance Program
Available at a preferred rate exclusively to AILA members, the AILA Lawyers Malpractice Insurance Program protects you and your firm from financial loss arising from any actual or alleged mistakes committed while providing legal services to clients.
Practice Pointers and Alerts
AILA liaison committees and members of the AILA National Government Relations Department provide member-only, written practice resources that offer guidance and best practices for common types of immigration cases and inform on adjudication trends and changes in law and policy.
Expand your legal library with expert references, available at discounted rates to AILA members. AILA's intensive, peer-reviewed publishing program includes single-author publications and compilations covering the fundamentals of immigration law and practice, as well as discrete topics such as asylum, employment-based immigration, litigation, family-based immigration, practice management, citizenship and naturalization, and much more. The comprehensive, authoritative reference, Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, is a trusted and essential resource for attorneys, judges, and government officials alike. Our member preorder program allows AILA members to obtain Kurzban’s at a member-exclusive preferential price. Publications are available in both print and digital formats.