This course, which is open to students who are currently enrolled in Immigration Law or who have taken Immigration Law (or a comparable course) in a prior semester, is focused on providing a more practical approach to practicing immigration law. We will meet every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday, August 26th. As a make up for the August 26th class, you will be expected to make arrangements to attend a minimum of half a day of immigration court hearings that week and complete a substantive written project which I will describe in more detail during our first session together.
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, bond requests, 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 generally consist of both lecture and in-class exercises simulating 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.