Exam Prep: Immigration Law Certified Legal Specialist Exam (CA)(Live in 2019)

The CA Bar Legal Specialist Exam in Immigration Law is given every other year in odd years. This year it will be held October 24th, 2017.

At our Exam Prep course – the only one in the state – Certified Specialists talk to you about what to expect when you take the exam and will provide an overview of the law in the subject areas listed by the bar as potential topics upon which they may test. Additionally, at least two sample questions from the bar’s published packet will be used as a practice exam and the faculty walks you through the important issues presented by the questions (the mock tests will not be graded).

By taking this course you can reduce the stress that goes with the unknown when preparing for an exam, you can get a refresher on those areas of the law of which you do not practice on a daily basis (or never handle), and you can get some insight on how to prepare and study for the exam from those that have gone before.

All attendees and audio orders for this program receive a free copy of our 180 min webinar, “What are the Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction” recorded in 2016 (usually $245).  

Also, we are providing a FREE copy of our Exam Prep Course Study Tips, compiled from four of our Exam Prep courses held in 2015. Approximately 2.5 hours long. Click here to order the download FREE, even if you are not purchasing this program.  If you are purchasing this program, you will automatically receive the two free audio programs just mentioned when you attend the event.

Early Study Special: Order our 2017 Exam Prep Immigration Law package and you can apply $300.00 of the price towards your 2019 exam prep course enrollment or audio. Make a note in the comments section of your order and we’ll contact you to process your 2019 registration by hand or call us at (877) 858-3848 for the special coupon code.

Please note: Because we cannot know exactly what specific questions and issues the bar will test on, and their “potential topic list” is vast, our program covers most of those topics that the bar lists they might test, but not all. This means that we cannot guarantee every single question or issue that appears on your exam is covered in our course (that would pretty much be impossible). We also strongly recommend you begin studying for the exam early – as early as summer. Last minute studying, even with the help of this course, is always a risky proposition when it comes to such a difficult exam covering so many areas of law.

If you took this course in 2017 and did not pass the exam, please call us about a special rate at (877) 858.3848.


REMINDER: We do not recommend making pre-paid, non-refundable travel arrangements in case a program is cancelled due to an emergency. We are not responsible for non-refundable travel/hotel expenses.


Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on September 12-13, 2019 in Los Angeles. The audio package, including seminar materials, will be available within three to four days after the exam prep seminar is held.


The following agenda is tentative. Please check back soon for updates. 

Day 1
Thursday, September 12th
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


8:30 – 9:20
Intro to speakers, Specialization & Exam

  • What is specialization? Requirements for specialization (keep it short)
  • Exam details
    • Morning – 8 essays/short answers in 4 hours
    • Afternoon – 75 multiple choice
  • Grading of the Exam
  • What the exam was like
  • What to expect
  • How to prepare / study plans / strategies
  • Practical considerations
  • Test taking tips, writing tips

9:20 – 10:10
Non-Immigrant Visas

  • 4  H-1B visas/status and Labor Condition Applications (LCAs)
  • 5  L-1 visas/status
  • 6  Other nonimmigrant categories, including B, E,
  • F, J, K, O, R, S, T, TN, and U
  • 7  Visa Waiver Program
  • 8  Rules of chargeability
  • 14  Waivers of inadmissibility: 212(e), 212(d)

10:10 – 10:20

10:20 – 11:10
Employment Based Immigrant Visas and Employment Enforcement

  • 2  Employment-based (EB 1-5) immigrant visa
  • Categories
  • 3  Labor certifications
  • 20  Employer compliance (INA 274A)
  • 9  Priority Dates

11:10 – 11:15

11:15 – 12:30
Family Based Immigrant Visas

  • 1  Family-based immigrant visa categories
  • 15  Marriage fraud (including 204(c))
  • 16  Adjustment of status (INA 245(a), (c), (k) and
  • (i))
  • 17  Conditional Permanent Resident status
  • 18  Violence Against Women Act
  • 19  Child Status Protection Act
  • Affidavits of support 

12:30 – 1:30
Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:00
Consular Processing and procedures

  • Consular processing v. Adjustment of Status
  • Arriving aliens and reentry doctrine
  • Reentry permits and abandonment of LPR status
  • 21  Parole-in-place

2:00 – 3:00
Bars to Admissibility& Waivers

  • 10  Criminal activity (INA 212(a)(2))
  • 11  Misrepresentation (INA 212(a)(6)(C)
  • 12  Unlawful presence (INA 212(a)(9))
  • 13  Other inadmissibility grounds
  • 14  Waivers of inadmissibility (212(h), 212(i), 212(a)(9)(B)(v)
  • Application to apply for admission after removal, I-212

3:00 – 3:10

3:10 – 4:10
Removal, Relief and Bonds

  • Removal Proceedings
  • Criminal grounds of removability
  • Other grounds of removability
  • Relief:
    • Cancellation of Removal (LPR & Non-LPR)
    • Asylum/Withholding/CAT
    • NACARA
    • 212(c)
    • Suspension of Deportation
    • INA § 237(a)(1)(H) waiver
    • Voluntary Departure
    • Temporary Protected Status
    • AOS
  • Expedited removal (INA 235(b) and 238)
  • Executive actions and prosecutorial discretion
  • Bonds
    • Mandatory Detention
    • Rodriguez Hearing
  • Reinstatement of removal orders

4:10 – 4:20

4:20 – 5:30
Naturalization and Citizenship

  • Good moral character
  • Residence and physical presence
  • Naturalization procedure (including administrative and court review)
  • Acquisition of citizenship
  • Child Citizenship Act and pre-CCA derivative naturalization

Day 2
Friday, September 13th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 – 9:45
Ethics/Professional Responsibility

  • Duties to clients
  • Duties to opposing counsel, administrative
  • agencies, and courts
  • Attorney’s fees and fee agreements
  • Conflicts of interest

9:45 – 10:45
Motions and Review

  • In absentia hearings and orders
  • Motions to reopen/reconsider/remand/ terminate in removal proceedings
  • Other agency actions
  • Administrative Appeals (BIA, AAO, BALCA)
  • Judicial deference to administrative actions and orders (Chevron and Brand X)
  • Federal court jurisdiction
  • Federal District Court actions
  • Federal Court of Appeals review

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 12:00
Additional substantive topic (TBA)

12:00 – 1:00
Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 1:30
Attendees take one practice question

1:30 – 2:15
Issue Spotting discussion

  • Issue spotting re: practice exam
  • Issue spotting/potential answers for other sample questions provided in packet, as time allows

2:15 – 2:30

2:30 – 3:00
Attendees take one practice question

3:00 – 4:00
Issue spotting and final q/a

  • Issue spotting re: practice exam
  • Issue spotting/potential answers for other sample questions provided in packet, as time allows


Day 1 – Thursday, September 12th:
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Networking lunch included)

Day 2 – Friday, September 13th:
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch on your own)


The DoubleTree Downtown Los Angeles
120 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Check in begins 30 minutes before the program starts. 


Parking:  Discounted $17 valet and $13 self park at hotel. Enter through valet/main entrance on Los Angeles Street.


These testimonials are from our past Exam Prep Courses in Immigration Law.

“I feel much more comfortable about the exam. We were also able to network with other practitioners.” – Beth Persky, Esq.

“They were to the point at guiding us how to prepare for the test and what the examiners expect from a lawyer taking the test…I liked it! Will attend others if needed. Great!” – Luz Eliana Phelps, Esq.

“The program satisfied my objectives very much…program is great.” – Ed Allan Lindain, Esq.

“Good review of the topics.” – Susan S. Han, Esq.

“[Re: Camille Bowman] Extremely helpful and easy to deal with. She went above her call of duty to respond.” – Neda Zaman, Esq.

“Reviewing the material to be tested [took] away the ‘fear’ element…[Howard Hom’s] tips were useful for my cases.” – Beth Persky, Esq.

“Very knowledgeable. Good presentation [by Carl Shusterman].”

“[Camille Bowman gave] great tips!”

“Great content. Got a lot out of it!” – Sergio Copete, Esq.

“Fab outline, fine presentation, relevant.” – Helena Younosi, Esq.

“Concise – clear explanation.”

“Focused, good.” – Colin B. Desatnik, Esq.

“Very well done.”

“Good material, good delivery…”


Farnoush Farzad, Esq.

Law Offices of Farnoush Farzad

Farnoush Farzad is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (Cum Laude), and earned his Juris Doctrate from Southwestern University School of Law. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1998, and has since devoted his practice exclusively to immigration and nationality law. After working as a Senior Associate at an AV rated immigration law firm for over seven years, he founded the firm where he currently serves as principal counsel.

Over the course of his practice, he has handled a large volume of diverse immigration cases ranging from large multinational accounts to deportation litigation, and has secured hundreds of approved cases on behalf of his clients. As an expert in immigration law, he has lectured at legal seminars and organizational events on various topics, from employment based visas to immigration reform. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Amnesty International, and the California State Bar.

Susan S. Han, Esq.
Han Law Group

Ms. Susan S. Han is the founder and owner of Han Law Group, Immigration Attorneys. She has been practicing immigration law since 1998 and has vast experience in handling all aspects of immigration law including family-based petitions, business immigration, deportation and removal, asylum, U-visas, TPS, citizenship and naturalization, and appeals at all levels.

In addition to her practice, Ms. Han has been an adjunct professor at California State University, Los Angeles, and is a frequent guest speaker on immigration topics for various bar organization such as the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  

Ms. Han received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law where she earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law.

Amy Prokop Lenhert, Esq.
Certified Specialist
Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Amy Prokop Lenhert has expertise in a broad range immigration matters and is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has successfully litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of California, Nebraska, and Washington, D.C.

In addition to her federal court practice, Amy has represented clients in removal proceedings throughout the United States; assisting her clients in obtaining cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents, cancellation of removal for nonresidents, waivers for fraud and criminal convictions, and applications for asylum.  She has successfully represented clients with administrative appeals to both the Board of Immigration Appeals and the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office.

Amy also regularly represents individuals in connection with family-based visa petitions, unlawful presence waivers, applications for naturalization, and complex citizenship claims.

Amy believes strongly in the importance of giving back, and regularly provides pro bono legal services through a variety of organizations.  She serves on the advisory committee for the Los Angeles office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization dedicated to ensuring that no child appears in immigration court without legal representation.

Amy received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School Los Angeles in 2003.

She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

Alary E. Piibe, Esq.
Partner, Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Hill & Piibe, Immigration Attorneys

Alary E. Piibe is a long-time litigator and certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization who has developed keen and aggressive courtroom skills. Mr. Piibe prides himself as a formidable strategist who will make persuasive, effective presentations, and who represents his clients in a straightforward manner before US ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security), US CIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security) and the Immigration Court. This litigation style translates into a benefit for his clients, and helps cause the government to make a thorough and careful consideration of the cases during the adjudication process. 

Mr. Piibe has considerable experience in applying for waivers for unlawful presence (otherwise known as “3/10 waivers” or “illegal presence” waivers). He treats each case as unique and devotes many firm resources in an “all-out” effort to obtain a successful conclusion that reunites a family. He is especially adept at criminal immigration issues, understanding the nuances that can mean the difference between success and deportation. Under his guidance, the firm has vacated numerous criminal convictions to cancel their effect on deportation and removal. 

Mr. Piibe’s experience before the Asylum Office and the Immigration Court gives his clients additional protection, and he has won several asylum cases involving complicated and technical issues, which most immigration attorneys would have declared hopeless. Mr. Piibe is a member of both the California State Bar as well as the federal District Courts, enabling him great latitude to appear in any Court to pursue his clients’ needs.

Carl Shusterman, Esq.
Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization
Law Offices of Carl Shusterman

Mr. Shusterman is a 1973 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. He served as an attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) until 1982 when he entered the private practice of law. He is authorized to practice before the Supreme Court of California, the Federal District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Mr. Shusterman is a former chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Southern California Chapter and served as a member of AILA’s National Board of Governors (1988-97). He has chaired numerous AILA Committees, spoken at dozens of AILA Conferences and has contributed a number of scholarly articles to AILA’s publications. 

Mr. Shusterman is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California. He has served as a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar. Each year since 2002, he has been voted as a Super Lawyer in Southern California by his colleagues in the bar. For each of the past 10 years, Mr. Shusterman has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers of America. He is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. 

Mr. Shusterman is a frequent writer and lecturer on immigration law. His articles, letters to the editor and quotes have appeared in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Canada’s Globe and Mail, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, Journal of the American Medical Association, Christian Science Monitor, Atlantic Monthly, Computer World, Information Week, Issues in Science and Technology, Variety, and numerous other publications. He has written for, and been quoted extensively in, leading periodicals specializing in immigration law including Interpreter Releases, Immigration Law and Procedure, Immigration Briefings, Inside Immigration, Immigration Journal and U.S. Immigrant Magazine. In addition, he has appeared on various television programs including NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Headline News, the Nightly News with Peter Jennings and on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio shows.

Mr. Shusterman has testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.



Register by June 15th and save on each registration with the Early Bird rate!

Registration fees are per person.

Individual: $750
Early Bird registration $700

Group: $725 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Early Bird registration $675

Government employee: $625
Early Bird registration $575

Networking Lunch on Day One is included in the registration fee.


REMINDER: We do not recommend making pre-paid, non-refundable travel arrangements in case a program is cancelled due to an emergency. We are not responsible for non-refundable travel/hotel expenses.

CLE Credits

CA General:  This program is approved for approximately 8.0 units of general CLE in California, including 0.5 unit of ethics credit. Final CLE count will be posted when the program agenda is finalized. Exam tips and practice exams cannot be counted in the approved CLE units, per the bar.

CA Certified Legal Specialist:  This program is approved for approximately 8.0 units of Certified Legal Specialist CLE in California in Immigration & Nationality Law. Final CLE count will be posted when the program agenda is finalized. Exam tips and practice exams cannot be counted in the approved CLE units, per the bar.

NJ General: The LIVE session of this course will be approved for the same number of units as in CA.  See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

NY General: The LIVE session of this course will be approved for the same number of units as in CA.  Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

Terms & Refund Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.

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September 12-13, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA


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