Immigration Law and Policy Lecture

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • WR
  • 1540-1740
  • WB129
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the major issues in U.S. immigration law and policy. We will study the statutes, administrative regulations, court decisions, and policy debates that have shaped our current immigration system, both in the past and today. In particular, we will examine the laws governing the admission of nonimmigrants and immigrants into the United States; the exclusion and deportation of these same groups; refugee and asylum law; the regulation of noncitizen employment; and the acquisition and loss of citizenship. Our focus will be not only the law as written on the books, but also how it operates in practice through observation of immigration hearings, excerpted materials from litigated cases, and lectures from practicing immigration lawyers. We will also discuss major constitutional questions in immigration law, including the source of federal power over immigration; constitutional limits on the government’s authority to arrest, detain, and deport noncitizens; the rights of noncitizens; and the separation of powers among the three branches of government. The goals of the course include not just a mastery of the structure of the U.S. immigration system, but also familiarity with statutory interpretation, administrative law, and constitutional interpretation—skills that are useful for most practicing lawyers. Finally, students will leave the course with an understanding of the major policy debates in immigration.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a short paper and presentation on a current issue or debate in immigration policy.

Other Work

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:

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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM