(LAWG-4059) - 4 UNITS

Immigration law is one of the most divisive and complex areas in American law, and a source of major policy debate. This course will introduce students to substantive legal concepts and procedures underlying the practice of immigration law in the United States, with emphasis on employment-based immigration. The course aims to understanding immigration statutes, regulations and processes, analyzing administrative and judicial decisions and agency practices, as well as to placing our current immigration laws and system in their historical, social, and political contexts. A critical component of the course is the practical application of the immigration laws, concepts and procedures learned. The course includes review of admission issues, employment-eligibility verification compliance, employer sanctions, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa classifications and procedures (e.g., B, F, E, J, L, TN, H, O and P Visas, Labor Certification, I-140 Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing), advanced immigration concepts (e.g., H-1B Portability, Green Card Portability, Visa Retrogression), and practical solutions and strategies for handling immigration-related issues in the workplace.

The course will include a Mock Client Interview and a Legal Memo prepared by teams of two students. The Mock Client Interview will be held no later than Class No. 22, and the Legal Memo (which will be based on the interview) will be due no later than Class No. 24. The combined grade of the interview and the memo will be 50% of the final grade. The final exam will be a 2-hour essay exam.

Satisfies Writing Requirement   Experiential Course