Spring 2016 Course Schedule

Adv Crim Pro: Crimmigration & Non-Citizens in the Criminal Justice System (LAW-708I-001)

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (Th) - Room YT17

Enrolled: 26 / Limit: 40

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This course will examine the convergence of the criminal justice and immigration law systems. The course is designed to prepare students to represent clients at the intersection of the criminal justice and immigration law systems. We will discuss the increasing use of the criminal justice system, including the tools of mass incarceration, as part of the immigration enforcement apparatus. We will examine the legal, policy and theoretical implications of this trend. We will develop and practice lawyering strategies essential for any future criminal law or immigration practitioner, including how to analyze relevant statutes, regulations and other authority as well as understand procedural and substantive constitutional requirements concerning criminal procedures as they affect noncitizens. We will learn methods for discovering applicable forms of immigration relief. The course will consider criminal regulation of migration at the federal and state level, including the constitutional limits of such regulation. Finally, the course will include one non-classroom activity to allow us to consider the merger of the criminal and immigration systems in operation.


Through this course, participants will:

1. Be able to view the contemporary relationship between the criminal and immigration law systems from a theoretical, historical, and practical perspective

2.Gain competency in reading and analyzing immigration and criminal law statutes to assess the immigration consequences of criminal convictions

3.Understand how criminal law, and its institutions and structures, is used as a tool to regulate immigration and migrants at the federal and local level

4.Critically reflect on the role and responsibility of lawyers working at the intersection of the two disciplines/systems

5.Examine the relationship between the growth of crimmigration, mass incarceration and mass deportation

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