SMC to offer Immigration Law Course

Spartanburg Methodist College announced today that they will be offering an Immigration Law for Paralegals course in the Spring I, 2015 term of their Paralegal Certificate Evening Program, beginning on Thursday, February 26.

The 10-week course will be an indispensable and practical guide on U.S. immigration, citizenship and visa procedures and is geared for students interested in a career as an immigration paralegal or anyone interested in immigration issues. Course tuition is $325. The general public can audit the class for $125. Instruction will focus on interviewing, gathering information, case management and document preparation techniques; analysis of temporary and permanent employment visas; analysis of family-based petitions, political asylum and naturalization.  The course textbook features each visa category set forth in a clear and concise manner, with real-life and hypothetical situations and step-by-step instructions, including sample forms and correspondence.

“With the recent developments in the immigration laws, our Immigration Law for Paralegals course is being offered to assist the Upstate legal community with understanding immigration standards and procedures,” shared Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program. “I cannot think of a better instructor for this course than Mary Miranda Hugues, a 2008 graduate of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, who was a former successful attorney in her native country of Panama,” added Harper.

In 2004 Hugues and her family came to Spartanburg when her husband Carlos Hugues assumed a ministerial position with the Boiling Springs Church of Christ. She is currently a senior immigration paralegal with the Grek Law Group located on Warren H. Abernathy Highway in Spartanburg and previously worked for five years as an immigration paralegal with the Greenville-based law firm of Allen C. Ladd.

Since 1997, the SMC Paralegal Certificate Evening Program has been helping adult students attain the necessary skills to advance their careers in the legal field. Consisting of 14 ten-week courses, the program is designed for beginning as well as advanced legal workers, and provides personalized academic advisement. Instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which paralegals are most in demand. Faculty, composed of local judges, attorneys and paralegals, provide networking opportunities and offer real-world experience with practical application. Classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. For additional information or to register for the course, visit or contact or call 864-266-7409.