Spring 2017 Course Schedule

Advanced Criminal Procedure: Migrants in the Criminal Justice System (LAW-708I-001)
Sunita Patel

Meets: 03:00 PM - 04:50 PM (W) - Warren - Room N105

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 22

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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. The second week of class will include a refresher or tutorial on the basics of immigration law most relevant to the material covered in this course. Students with no experience or prior course work in immigration law and have questions concerning your level of background knowledge should feel free to contact Prof. Patel to discuss the course further.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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All course materials will be provided on myWCL. It is recommended that you purchase a copy of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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