NOTE: Course offerings change. Classes offered this semester may not be offered in future semesters.

288.1 sec. 1 - Immigration Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Leti Volpp  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
View all teaching evaluations for this course

Units: 4
Meeting Time: TuThF 11:20-12:30
Meeting Location: 170

Course Start: January 08, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 50039

This course surveys the legal, historical, and political considerations that shape U.S. immigration law. The course will review the constitutional basis for regulating immigration into the United States, and, to some extent, the constitutional rights of noncitizens in the country; the history of U.S. immigration law and policy; the contours of the immigration bureaucracy, including the roles played by various federal agencies in immigration decisions; the admission of nonimmigrants (i.e., temporary visitors) and immigrants into the U.S.; the deportation and exclusion of nonimmigrants and immigrants; refugee and asylum law; administrative and judicial review; undocumented migration; and citizenship and naturalization.

Much of the course focuses on the comprehensive immigration law, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended by numerous laws (including the 1996 Anti-Terrorist and Effective Death Penalty Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, and the 2005 REAL ID Act) and its implementing regulations. Although comparisons to immigration law and policy of other countries are drawn upon from time to time, the primary focus of this class is immigration law in the U.S. While much of our time will be spent applying the statute, we will also spend considerable time discussing the historical and normative framework of the law.

Constitutional Law recommended

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

The following file is available for this course:


If you are the instructor or their FSU, you may edit your files on this page.

No reader.

Required Books are in blue

  • Immigration and Nationality Laws of the United States
    Aleinikoff, Martin,Motomura & Fullerton
    Edition: 2012 or 2011
    Publisher: West
    ISBN: 9780314281852
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy
    Legomsky & Rodriguez
    Edition: 5th (2009)
    Publisher: Foundation
    ISBN: 9781599416137
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • Immigration and Refugee Law and Policy 2011 Supplement
    Legomsky & Rodriguez
    ISBN: 9781599419114
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

Go to Course Search