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Immigration Law (Spring 2017)

Course Description

This course examines the constitutional and statutory law governing the rights of non-citizens who are in or who seek to enter the United States. The course reviews the immigrant and non-immigrant visa categories available to non-citizens, the laws and procedures governing the admission and expulsion of immigrants and non-immigrants, the rights of non-citizens present in the US (with or without legal status), removal procedures, immigration detention practices, defenses to removal, including the various forms of relief that may be sought by persons fleeing persecution such as asylum.


Additionally, given the Syrian refugee crisis and other recent significant forced migration events, such as the thousands of Central American children and families fleeing gang violence, there will be several supplemental reading assignments consisting of case studies which will examine legal questions such as the protection obligations of states under the UN Refugee Convention, resettlement obligations (including the US overseas refugee resettlement program), and the use of border controls to “manage” or divert the movement of refugees and migrants.


If you have any question about the course, please contact Prof. Frenzen at

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T/Th09:30 am - 10:45 am
  • Room Number: Room 2
  • Exam: Three-hour, open-book exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Up to 10% of final grade will be based on participation