Working at BAL - BAL's dedicated professionals share core values that support our mission to be the world’s most trusted resource for corporate immigration services. These values enable us to deftly navigate every step of the immigration process and rapidly resolve even the most complex cases. Our collegial environment is one that we cherish and work to maintain. We look for bright talent to deepen our experience and deliver the type of service our clients have come to expect.
BAL’s culture is shaped by our commitment to our core values, including respect for individual differences and unwavering commitment to client service. We take tremendous pride in finding team members who will add to our culture. We strive to hire individuals as diverse and unique as the clients we serve.
Berry Appleman & Leiden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of BAL to ensure an equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (with or without sexual conduct), age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. BAL prohibits and will not tolerate any such discrimination or harassment.
BAL's dedicated professionals share core values that support our mission to be the world’s most trusted resource for corporate immigration services. These values enable us to deftly navigate every step of the immigration process and rapidly resolve even the most complex cases.Dedication to Service
Single point of contact: You will have easy access to BAL members through one point of contact from start to finish. We address problems candidly and stand behind our work.
Highest service standards: Our strict compliance with published service levels instills client trust and peace of mind and promotes the most expeditious path to case resolution.
Continual improvement: Feedback from our client surveys affords the opportunity for constant improvement and ongoing client satisfaction.
Thought leadership: Decades of experience and superlative talent have earned us the respect of our peers and the highest rankings in our industry.
Government relations: Our ability to shape immigration policy, regulations, and legislation is unmatched in the field of corporate immigration.
Superior training: We provide the most advanced internal legal training to enable our professionals to sharpen their skills and to practice at the forefront of international migration.
Unwavering commitment: We persevere until we find the right solution for each case. We have the knowledge to anticipate difficulties and the agility to act quickly.
Genuine compassion: We understand the stress that immigration places on individuals and their families. We strive to provide peace of mind for employees and human resources leaders.
Our Commitment to Service
Our firm believes that pro-bono work is critically important to the legal profession and the good of society. We engage in extensive pro-bono representation through organizations like the Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights, the Asian Law Caucus and the American Immigration Council (formerly American Immigration Law Foundation). Our roles in these organizations include advocacy, clinic participation and activities to increase the awareness of the benefits of legal immigration. In addition, our attorneys volunteer their time to serve on local and national committees of AILA which advance the practice of immigration law and help advance the interests of our clients.
BAL is proud to support local community projects as well as a range of deserving and charitable causes. These include:
Our partnership firmly supports charitable giving and is a regular and major contributor to many organizations. Organizations we have supported over the years include the ACLU Foundation – Immigrants’ Rights Project, the American Immigration Council (formerly American Immigration Law Foundation), the American Red Cross, the B’nai B’rith Disaster Relief Fund, the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and Doctors Without Borders.
I have been working at Berry Appleman & Leiden (Less than a year)
I have only been with BAL for about three months, but I've really enjoyed it this far. It's hard to find big firms with positions that are entry level as a recent college graduate. BAL provides this and so much more. I did not expect a corporate law firm to plan social events, have casual dress, and so on. They do a good job at competing with the benefits start ups offer nowadays, especially in SF. The pay is great, the benefits are great, and I have enjoyed my time there and can't wait to see what's ahead. I never thought I'd know this much about immigration in three months, but now I'd consider myself an expert (still learning though!).
Be prepared to work! This is probably BALs biggest complaint. However, the training they now offer (recently improved after lots of feedback) really prepares you. My team (one attorney and three paralegals) were/are never annoyed when I come to them with questions and honestly are still learning things themselves (Laws/rules constantly change in immigration law because of the numerous government agencies involved). As for the work load, yes it is heavy, but as a recent college graduate, it doesn't bother me a whole lot. Sometimes I get stressed when I have multiple projects due at once, but people are around that are more than happy to help. Compared to my recent college graduate friends, yes, I probably have more work to do than them. All in all, I'm learning to manage, and I know the firm has big plans for rearrangement to help distribute work, considering how high volume we are.
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Looking forward to the changes coming up this year!
The interview process was brief and straightforward. The interviewer seemed a little confused as to why I was interviewing for the position, despite the job description not specifying majors for the position.
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