When I went to law school I thought that I was out of the woods when it came to math. Those medical doctors, accountants and even business grads had to keep their calculators close by but not me….or so I thought.
As it turned out being an immigration lawyer or an attorney as they call us in the US, does require a handle on at least one aspect of math: percentages.
When conducting immigration consultations, I am often asked by clients “what is the percentage that my case will be approved?” My standard answer is always: “Well this being a legal process, it is often hard to assign percentages to cases”. Totally unacceptable answer I know. So I continue and add more detail such as your case looks good, bad, moderate, strong etc.–depending on their situation of course.
But alas, my attempts at fielding the numbers question, seems to fall on deaf ears. “But what percentage, do you think my case has?”, they repeat. In a society that seems to quantify everything, the demand to assign a percentage outcomes to a case I guess is to be expected. As a last ditch effort to explain that the law is uncertain and really an art rather than a science, I tell them that “based on the information you provided to me, I think that the percentage range for your case falls between such and such. This usually does the trick as they understand that there is no exact measurements when it comes to immigration matters.
As a lawyer, I have make sure that my clients clearly understand the risks associated with their case including costs, length of time and likely outcomes. But doing so by giving cases a number can be misleading. So if clients like and understand such language, I have found that giving them a percentage range is more accurate and meaningful than taking a shot in the dark approach committing oneself to a single percentage.
What are the odds that you have found this helpful? Let’s hope 100% with the help of an immigration lawyer.
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