Immigration Law and Policy

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/50
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1540-1740
  • SL294
01/24/2022 04/27/2022

Course Description

This course explores the substantive provisions of U.S. immigration law and the procedures for deciding immigration-related issues. It covers how Congress, the courts, international institutions, and U.S. executive agencies make, interpret, and enforce immigration law and policy. It includes extensive coverage of the law and policy of business and family-based immigration law: entering the United States as a nonimmigrant, obtaining lawful permanent resident status, and acquiring citizenship. The course also covers the concepts of inadmissibility and removal, reviews the law and policy of border and interior enforcement, and introduces the international regime governing interstate cooperation on immigration issues and the related U.S. law of asylum. Finally, it introduces alienage law (the legal rights and duties of non-citizens). Because U.S. immigration law is particularly dependent on code and regulation, students should be prepared to engage in complex analysis of detailed statutory and regulatory provisions. Several of the sessions will feature guest lecturers, including lawyers and policy-makers working on issues such as the recent refugee crisis and Biden-era developments in U.S. immigration policy.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Class participation will be taken into consideration for grading.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes: This course is a pre-requisite for participation in the Immigration Law Clinic in the 2022-23 academic year and future years.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM