Courses in Immigration Law

Asian Americans and the Law

LAW 423

This course will study the legal history of Asian Americans in the United States and evaluate the development and use of Asian American jurisprudence to address contemporary legal issues pertinent to race and civil liberties. Since the 19th century, American law has shaped the demographics, experiences, and possibilities for Asian Americans. This course will trace the legal history of Asian Americans through judicial opinions, legal commentary, social science, and historical readings on topics such as immigration and naturalization, de jure discrimination, and the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. This course will also explore the ways in which Asian Americans have impacted American law, through constitutional litigation and recent scholarship. Finally, this course will address contemporary legal issues, which range from racial violence, media stereotypes, language access, affirmative action, and post 9/11 civil liberties issues. Although this course focuses on the Asian American experience, it is not meant for Asian Americans alone.

Immigration Law

LAW 528

This course is a study of the legal issues surrounding United States migration. Topics covered include federal government power in admission, deportation, and exclusion; economic and political rights of immigrants; documented and undocumented immigration and the acquisition of citizenship.

Immigration Law Practicum

LAW 233

This course is intended to complement and build upon the material covered in Immigration Law (LAW 528). Through extended case simulations, students will learn skills relevant to the practice of immigration law, including client intake, case management, document drafting, filing procedure, and oral and written argument. Students will gain practical experience in family based immigration petitions, employment based immigration petitions, inadmissibility waivers, naturalization applications, and representing clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Prerequisite: Immigration Law (LAW 528), or will take it concurrently.

International Migration and Refugee Law

LAW 944

This course introduces students to the laws and legal issues associated with international migration and refugee status. Topics covered include the definition of refugee status, the 1951 Geneva Convention, the asylum/refugee distinction, the use of statistical analysis, and concepts incorporated into national immigration law. Interviews with actual refugees (when possible) and role-playing will be used to enhance students' experience.

Law of the United States – Mexico Border

LAW 323

An introduction to the influence of the Mexico-United States border region on doctrinal development and legal policy in U.S. federal and state courts. Topics covered may include the natural and political boundary, search and seizure of migrants, immigration, transborder families, international real estate, financial arrangements, torts, crime, the environment, water, and the extraterritorial application of Mexican law. The question of how a "border legal culture" impacts the practice of law in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas will be emphasized.