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Immigration Law (Spring 2019)

Course Description

From Spring 2018

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

Additionally, given the intense political debate around immigration, including the proposed border wall, the various travel bans imposed by Executive Order and Presidential Proclamation, and other significant issues, such as the thousands of Central American children and families fleeing gang violence, there will be non-case book reading assignments pertaining to these topics.

If you have any question about the course, please contact Prof. Frenzen at nfrenzen@law.usc.edu.

Casebook –The course will use: Aleinikoff, Martin, Motomura, Fullerton, and Stumpf, Immigration and Citizenship, Process and Policy, 8th Edition, 2016, ISBN-13

9781634599283 (required) and the Immigration & Nationality Act (required) (you may purchase the casebook’s INA supplement or obtain the INA in another format – you will need a copy of the INA for the final exam; case book’s supplement: Aleinikoff, Martin, Motomura, and Fullerton's Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States: Selected Statutes, Regulations and Forms, 2016, ISBN-13:9781634607841.) Supplemental materials will also be assigned.

How many units is this course worth?     3 units.

Is the course available for CR/D/F grading?     Yes.

Is class participation graded and/or required?     Yes.  Up to 10% of the grade will be based on class participation.

Will there be a final exam? If so will it be an in-class exam or a take-home exam?     Yes. 3 hour, in-class, open book.

Will there be a term paper and/or in-class presentation?     No.

If there will be a term paper how many pages are required? Will students be required to submit early drafts of the paper to you for your comments and suggestions?     n/a

Will students in this course engage in actual or simulated trial, pretrial or appellate advocacy, negotiations, legal document drafting, client interviewing or counseling, investigation or the management of legal work? If so, how much of the class is dedicated to this?     No.

Will you permit students to take the final exam on laptop computers with SofTest?      Yes.

Is enrollment limited to a particular number of students or to a particular group of students?   No.  However, 2L students who are considering applying for enrollment in the year-long Immigration Clinic I/II course during their 3L year (see course description for Law 776 and 796), should consider enrolling in Immigration Law as a 2L.  While Immigration Law is not a pre- or co-requisite for the Immigration Clinic, it is helpful for students to have taken Immigration Law.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T/Th 9:30 am - 10:45 am
  • Room Number: Room 2
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required and graded