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College of Law

Immigration Law

Course Number: 6715
Professor: Tilman Jacobs
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: This course will explore the legal, historical, and policy perspectives that shape U.S. law governing immigration and citizenship. We will examine the constitutional bases for regulating immigration, the history of immigration law in the U.S., the source and scope of congressional and executive branch power in the realm of immigration, and the role of the judiciary in interpreting immigration law. In the course of that exploration, we will address citizenship and naturalization, the admission and removal of immigrants and nonimmigrants, and the issues of undocumented immigration and national security. We will also analyze the impact of immigration in other areas, including employment, criminal law, family unification, human rights, and discrimination.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Twice weekly mixed lecture/seminar format
Written Assignments: Three short current events papers
Type of Exam: Essay – 3 hour in class
Basis for Grading Student Performance: 70% final exam, 20% written assignments, 10% class participation
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