The Practice of Immigration and Nationality Law: Setting Boundaries of Specialization at the Margins

Devyani Prabhat, Jessica Hambly

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Abstract

Drawing on literature on professions and specialization, both within the legal profession and outside of it – in disciplines such as medicine, teaching, and scientific research – this paper looks at immigration law practice as a specialist area and the possible emergence of a new specialization of nationality law. It responds to the call for papers on authorized and non-authorized practice of law by examining how the authority of law is negotiated and contested at the margins of legal practice to create new specializations. Immigration law represents a low status area of legal practice that has its own disciplinary limits of specialization. Driven by external factors and internal motivations, the process of specialization operates to create niche areas of knowledge and expertise. We find that the process of specialization is both competitive as well as collaborative, thus providing insight into the pressures (such as legal aid cuts and frequent changes in applicable rules in the field) that operate on the legal profession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1509-1531
Number of pages23
JournalOñati Socio-Legal Series
Volume7
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2017

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