The goal of this course is to introduce students to U.S. immigration and citizenship law and procedure as well as discuss how immigration law intersects with public policy and state and federal laws in other areas. Using a practical hypothetical-based approach, students will be presented with problems and exercises for which they will need to evaluate federal and state statutes, regulations, agency memoranda, policy, and case law to develop appropriate legal strategies in the immigration context. In addition to discussing the concepts of admission and removal, options for legal status, and naturalization and citizenship; students will have the opportunity to hone skills related to client counseling and ethical representation, administrative law, litigation, and government policy.
Consistent class preparation and participation are essential to acquire an understanding of this topic: students will have assigned readings as background for class discussion and analysis of problems presented. There will be opportunities to prepare written agency or court submissions outside of class, and a comprehensive final in-class exam. The final grade will be based on class participation (25%), written exercises (25%), and the final exam (50%) (percentage break-down subject to change by September 6, 2016).