AILA Announcements

Law Student Member Benefits

1/10/24 AILA Doc. No. 99900787.


Check out our brochure to learn more about the benefits of AILA law student membership. To apply, create an account and select "Prospective Applicant" in the "Person Type" field. You will then be able to complete the law student membership application. If you already have an account, you can apply online for law student membership.

Law student membership is open to full-time law students who attend an accredited law school. Accreditation must come from the ABA, State Supreme Court, or like body.

Applicants must provide proof of their current student status with a full course of study in a law program at an accredited institution (e.g., a letter from the registrar's office or a transcript) with the application.

Once an application is received, the processing time can take up to two weeks.


Apply Online

If you have any questions about membership or AILA in general, contact the AILA membership department at or by phone at 202-507-7635.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 99900787.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has the tools to assist you in beginning and advancing your career in immigration law. Browse through our many membership benefits that provide education opportunities, encourage networking, and give you services to jumpstart your career.


Please apply online and submit with proof of full-time student status (in the form of your official/unofficial school transcripts or enrollment letter).

As a law student member, here's how you can get started and make the most out of your student membership!


Grow as a Professional


Our AILA Career Center offers professional services to help you build and manage your career for maximum potential for success. Our resources include professional resume review, personalized career coaching, and our nationwide job postings search engine.


Research at Your Fingertips


AILALink is the go-to resource for immigration law research, providing its subscribers with access to immigration-related statutes, regulations, and select important case law and AILA publications, including Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook. AILALink is now available to law student members for FREE with a new look, increased functionality, and a significantly expanded database of online resources and information. E-mail for more information.


Build Your Network


Our AILA Online Membership Directory will help you research immigration law firms and AILA members in your area, giving you a head start preparing for the post-law school job hunt. Also, the Law Student Listserv will allow you to network with other student members from across the country!


Access Free Downloadable Content


Visit AILA AGORA, the organization's online marketplace, to download a variety of content including podcasts, audio seminars, and articles that are free to AILA student members.


Stay Informed


Law student members have access to online resources, including AILA8, our daily e-newsletter that highlights the top 8 immigration news items of the day in 8 minutes or less, and the Law Student E-Newsletter, a quarterly e-newsletter specifically designed for you!


Attend Career-Building Conferences


Law student members can attend conferences at a significantly discounted rate. You will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts in the immigration field, as well as network with current immigration attorneys from across the country. You may also qualify for one of our scholarships to attend the AILA Annual Conference!


Other Benefits Include:


  • Free access to Fastcase, our comprehensive legal research system containing a full range of federal caselaw and Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decisions.
  • Discounts on immigration law publications such as Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook, Essentials of Immigration Law, and many more!
  • You will also have special access to AILA's Website, where online resources will be at your fingertips.
  • Keep up to date on legislative and government initiatives and find the advocacy and media tools you need to make a difference in your community.
  • And much more!


**Become an AILA Law Student Member and enjoy reduced dues when you become eligible for Attorney Member status!**

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