This course, which is open to students who are currently enrolled in Immigration Law or who have taken Immigration Law in a prior semester, is focused on providing a more practical approach to practicing immigration law. We will meet every other Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for a total of 7 sessions in fall semester.
Overall, the emphasis of the course is not on duplicating the substantive coverage in Immigration Law, but rather on examining how key topics arise in immigration court. Thus, students will be expected to observe various immigration court proceedings in downtown Los Angeles, become familiar with the rules governing court filings, and prepare or draft pleadings, motions, short briefs and orders based on assigned documents and readings. The course materials will consist of redacted documents (or composite adaptations) from “real” cases, as well some cases, statutes, and agency materials.
Class sessions will be discussion–oriented, with a focus on the issues raised by the students’ work product. There will also be occasional exercises to simulate the immigration court experience. Students should come away from the course with a sound basis for practicing immigration law in an immigration court setting.
The grading for the course will consist of a pass/no pass evaluation based on class participation and the homework assignments. There will be no final examination.