Student Information

Student Name

Dercem Kaya

Email

dercemkayaaa@gmail.com

Academy

Law

Internship Information

Company/Organization: Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP

Mentor(s):Bahadir Ekiz

Topic of Internship

Immigration and Nationality Law

Background Information

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP, founded in 1930, is one of the oldest immigration law firms based in New York City. Located in midtown, the firm offers comprehensive immigration law coverage ranging from work visas to corporate compliance. Barst Mukamal & Kleiner has a diverse group of attorneys, with lawyers averaging 20 years of legal experience, each dedicated to provide clients with tailored representation according to their needs. The firm’s decades of experience in all immigration related matters makes it possible for them to assist all kinds of clients, including major corporations, artists, retailers, hoteliers, modeling agencies, technology companies, and more. The firm provides services in art, culture, business, as well as family based immigration. BMK is one of the most respected firms in the field and is dedicated to assist both international and national clients.

Summary of Internship

Interning at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP has given me the much needed sneak-peek into the life of a lawyer before I attend college. Every Thursday for the past eight months, I have had the opportunity to learn something new about immigration law in the U.S. I have gained experience in fields such as naturalization, applying for permanent residency, visa renewals, and much more. At BMK, I realized everything that is assigned to me is a crucial part of a client’s case and nothing is “busy work.” With an internship in immigration law, you are required to keep up to date with new legislations, requirements, and dates, so research is a vital part for every intern. In order to understand a case, I had to gain background knowledge on the laws regarding the case in order to prepare files. My mentor is beyond helpful in making sure I understand the case as well as how to draft USCIS forms. U.S. immigration laws are quite complex and require great attention because one mistake can be a great setback or even cause a client their whole case. Interning at BMK has provided me with the experience I needed and has given me great confidence in pursuing a career in law.

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