Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Immigration Issues: Family & Employment (LAW-967-001)
Nancy Lawrence

Meets: 01:00 PM - 02:50 PM (T) - Warren - Room N103

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 22

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Assessment:Take-home exam, essay questions Take-home exam, other Take-home exam, open book Class Participation The take-home exam is a mixture of essay-type questions (usually requiring a 2-3 paragraph answer) and short answer questions. Class participation is based on having the student volunteer to present one case in class (results in one-half-step increase in exam grade).


For many people, the term "immigration law" brings to mind the areas of asylum and deportation (now known as "removal"); however, immigration law encompasses many additional areas. In certain circumstances, an employer can sponsor a foreign national for a nonimmigrant visa and/or a green card - this is generally referred to as employment-based immigration. Some foreign nationals can qualify for "green cards" (aka immigrant visas, aka permanent resident status) through sponsorship by certain close members of their families. Within the field of immigration law, we refer to this as "family-based immigration".

This course, Immigration Issues: Employment and Family, focuses, as you might guess, on these specific facets of immigration law. We will explore, in a very detailed, practice-oriented way, the issues and procedures involved in handling these kinds of immigration cases. My goal is to have a very informal class setting that can be open to lots of discussion.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

I have compiled a 1,200+ page course pack for use this semester. The course pack, entitled A Key to the Golden Door: A Guide to Family- and Employment-Based Immigration Law (Twentieth Edition), should be available soon for downloading from the MyWCL Course Site.

Prior to our first class on Tuesday, August 22, please read Chapters 1 and 2 of the Guide. Even if you have not yet finalized your decision as to whether you will be taking this class, please download these 2 Chapters and have them available to you in class on August 22 – whether electronically or in hard copy – since we will be examining, in detail, many pages from these Chapters.

The Syllabus for the semester should also soon be available on the MyWCL Course Site.


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