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Select Topics:Immigr Practice (LAW-795IM-001)
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Immigration law and policy are at the heart of a national discussion about our country's values and future. Immigration issues are being hotly litigated in courts and administrative tribunals throughout the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court. The assigned readings and topics address some of the most contentious, interesting, and intensely litigated issues of the day. The course will examine issues of judicial deference to agency decision-making, the categorical approach versus circumstance-specific inquiry, creative advocacy in the immigration context, asylum and particular social group claims, challenging immigration detention, the immigration consequences of criminal activity, challenging consular decisions, litigating the terrorism bars, and advanced issues in naturalization cases. This is an advanced seminar for students interested in exploring the hot topics in immigration law and learning how to be effective advocates for their future clients, whether before the Department of Homeland Security, the Immigration Court, the Board of lmmigration Appeals, or in federal court. The course emphasizes creative lawyering and persuasive advocacy for the aspiring immigration law practitioner.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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No textbook required. See syllabus for the cases and other materials indicated – all of which are accessible through LEXIS/Westlaw or the internet. Additional reading materials will be provided in class.
First Class Readings
See syllabus for first class readings
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