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Immigrtn & Naturalztn (LAW-655-001B)

Meets: 03:00 PM - 04:20 PM (TTH) - Room 503

Enrolled: 13 / Limit: 20


NOTE: Also meets Thursdays 4:20-5:20. This course can be taken for either 3 or 4 credits (655-001 or 655-001B). The first three hours/three credits constitute the “core” of the course, and will be conducted in English. The fourth hour of the course will be conducted in Spanish, and is open only to those students with some proficiency in Spanish. During the fourth hour, we will discuss the course materials in Spanish, consider common lawyering scenarios involving the substantive law covered that week, and practice discussing the law (to different audiences) in Spanish. If you are unsure about your language ability, you are welcome to attend the first few sessions to gauge your ability to understand the conversation. There is a shared, end-of-semester exam for both sections. Students who enroll for 4 credits will have some additional written assignments.


This is a survey course on U.S. immigration & naturalization law. The course will review the constitutional basis for regulating immigration into the United States, and, to some extent, the constitutional rights of noncitizens in the country; the history of U.S. immigration law and policy; the contours of the immigration bureaucracy, including the roles played by various federal agencies; the admission of nonimmigrants (i.e., temporary visitors) and immigrants into the U.S.; the deportation and exclusion of nonimmigrants and immigrants; refugee and asylum law; administrative and judicial review; citizenship and naturalization; and more.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

Casebook pp.1-6 (middle), 13 (bottom)-37; skim pp. 6 (middle)-11. Handout (myWCL), David Bacon, ILLEGAL PEOPLE (excerpt).


The syllabus is available in the following format(s):