Bachelor of Intercultural Studies
in Immigration Legal Services

The immigration legal services major is a humanities-based interdisciplinary Bachelor completion program providing students the training to be accredited by the Office of Legal Access Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to prepare immigration documents and represent non-citizens.

 


Why Immigration Legal Services?

According to many sources, there are not enough law firms or centers to even begin to meet the need for the legal services of internationals, immigrants, and refugees.  More centers are needed, but the training for setting up a center and managing it effectively is rarely offered. When such training is offered, it tends to be either a quick workshop or purchase of an expensive ongoing membership with a mentoring agency.

A course in nonprofit management might appear to be another option for training, but an immigration legal services center is actually a specialized law office with unique requirements and limitations. The Office of Legal Access Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice accredits centers that serve low income clients and credential individuals to prepare immigration documents (applications, petitions, data forms, etc.) and represent clients.  

The Bachelor program is designed for students who join the staff of an ongoing center and students who plan to start a small center with limited services. The Master's level program is designed for students preparing to lead or start a center. Students will learn the essential skills for leading a successful center and obtaining (or maintaining) OLAP accreditation.  Students who complete the basic immigration law training can only practice immigration law under the supervision of an attorney or in an OLAP-accredited center that serves low income clients. 

 

Gainful Employment Information

Sample Employment Positions:

Immigration Legal Advocate, Immigration Legal Assistant, Immigration Counselor, Citizenship & Immigration Services Counselor, Immigration Legal Services Coordinator, Immigration Client Services Manager, Immigration and Citizenship Program Manager 

 

Sample Faith-based & Non-Profit Employers:

Canal Alliance, Catholic Charities, Esperanza Immigration Legal Services, Hunting Park United Methodist Church, Immigration Alliance of the Anglican Church, Lutheran Family Services, Lutheran Social Services, Workers Defense Project


Major Popular US Cities for Immigration Specialists

Houston, TX; Irvine, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Saint Louis, MO; San Jose, CA; Washington, DC

 

Major International Cities for Immigration Specialists

Amsterdam, Netherlands; Athens, Greece; Berlin, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Stockholm, Sweden; Vienna, Austria

 

Admissions Requirement

Applicants must provide an official college transcript showing either a completed Associates degree program or a minimum of 45 credit hours of undergraduate courses taken at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.  The student must have completed all of the general education requirements at Missional University in order to be admitted into any Bachelor completion program.

 

Required Courses

Livingstone Signature Series:  9 Credit Hours

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Biblical Studies & Missional Foundations Core:  18 Credit Hours


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Immigration Legal Services Core Requirements:  33 Credit Hours


Missional Focus 

THM 3000 Theology of the Diaspora

COM 4000 Communication Theory for Christian Witness

 

Diaspora Issues Focus

ANT 3000 Population Movement and Transnational Migration 

DSP 4000 Diaspora Acculturation & Integration

Choose one below:

DSP 3000 Refugees and Displaced Persons

DSP 3000 Forced Migration and Human Trafficking

DSP 3000 Mental & Physical Health in Diaspora Communities

DSP 3000 Family & Children in Disapora Communities

DSP 4000 Community and Group Dynamics in Diaspora Networks

 

Immigration Legal Services Focus:

DSP 3000  Legal Issues in Immigration Services

DSP 3000  Developing an Immigration Legal Services Ministry   

DSP 4000  Immigration and American Law

DSP 4000  Legal Services Management - Systems, Procedures & Ethics

 

Immigration Legal Services Practice Focus

DSP 4000  Immigration Legal Services Internship

DSP 4000  Immigration Legal Services Capstone

  

Immigration Legal Services Elective Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Immigration Legal Services are required to successfully complete 12 credit hours of elective credit (equivalent to four courses).  This elective requirement may be fulfilled by any one of the following:

  • Optional Concentration 
  • Elective credits from any of the concentrations
  • Extended Study Beyond Internship 
  • Bachelor Thesis

 

Optional Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Immigration Legal Services degree program may select a concentration that will be applied towards the fulfillment of the elective requirements. Concentrations enable students to gain knowledge and competencies in a specific area of study correlated with immigration legal services.

  • Contextual Theology
  • Cultural Studies  
  • GIS Community Research
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Development
  • Interpreting Services
  • Missional Theology
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Reconciliation Studies
  • TESOL Studies

 

Contextual Theology Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

THC 3000 Images of Jesus in Non-European Cultures

THC 3000 Learning Theologically Together

THC 4000 Methods and Resources in Contextual Theology

Choose one below:

THC 4000 Asian Theology in Context

THC 4000 African Theology in Context

THC 4000 Latin American Theology in Context

THC 4000 Messianic Theology in Context

THC 4000 Postmodern Theology in Context

Contextual Theology Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Cultural Studies Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

CUL 3000 Social & Cultural Identity

CUL 3000 Global Music as Social Life

CUL 4000 Visual Culture in a Global Society

CUL 4000 Culture & Communication

Cultural Studies Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

GIS Community Research Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

GEO 3000 Introduction to GIS Software

GEO 3000 Spatial Analysis with GIS

GEO 4000 GIS for Mission & Ministry Specialists

GEO 4000 Community Research in Missional Geography

GIS Community Research Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Intercultural Communication Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

COM 3000 Communicating Across Cultures

COM 3000 Intercultural Media Literacy

COM 4000 Problems in Intercultural Communication

COM 4000 Communication Ethics & Intercultural Diversity

Intercultural Communication Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

International Development Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

CMT 3000 International Development Theory and Practice

CMT 3000 Positive Impact in Poverty Alleviation Relationships

CMT 4000 Postcolonialism: Understanding Imperial Thought and Impact

CMT 4000 Going Global: a World Gone Flat Through Globalization

International Development Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Interpreting Services Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

DSP 3000 Life and Work of the Missional Interpreter

DSP 3000 Basic Skills of the Interpreting Professional

DSP 3000 Legal Terminology for Legal Services

DSP 3000 Practice in Legal Interpreting

Interpreting Services Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Missional Theology Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

THM 3000 Missional Hermeneutics

THM 3000 Theology of Spiritual Warfare

UMS 3000 Urban Theology: Space, Place & the City

Choose one below:

THM 3000 Theology of Hospitality & Presence

THS 4000 Theology of Community & Society

Missional Theology Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Non-Profit Administration Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

ORG 3000 Launching & Leading Non-Profit Organizations

ORG 3000 Volunteer Management in Missional Organizations

ORG 4000 Budgeting & Financial Planning for Non-Profit Organizations

Choose one below:

ORG 3000 Program Evaluation for Non-Profit Organizations

ORG 4000 Non-Profit Analytics Management

ORG 4000 Grant Writing

Non-Profit Administration Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Reconciliation Studies Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

REC 3000 Reconciliation in a Racialized Society 

REC 3000 Race, Ethnicity and Peacemaking 

REC 3000 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills 

REC 4000 Theories in Peace and Reconciliation Studies

Reconciliation Studies Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours 

 

 

TESOL Studies Concentration Requirements
Students are required to take the following:

LNG 3000 Introduction to Language Structure

LNG 3000 TESOL Methodology 1

LNG 4000 TESOL Methodology 2

LNG 4000 TESOL Program Design

TESOL Studies Concentration Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

 

 

Extended Study Beyond Internship Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Immigration Legal Services degree program may choose to complete a 12 credit hour internship.  

 

Bachelor Thesis Requirements:  12 Credit Hours

Students enrolled in the BIS in Immigration Legal Services degree program may choose to complete a Bachelor Thesis on a topic related to Diaspora Studies.  

 

 

Bachelor of Intercultural Studies in Immigration Legal Services
Bachelor completion program

Total Required Credits:  72 Credit Hours