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288.4 sec. 001 - Refugee Law and Processes (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Kyra S. Lilien  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    F 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: Law 115
    From January 17, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 17, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32199

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course will explore US refugee and asylum law and process, beginning with its roots in the UN Refugee Convention and passage of the 1980 Refugee Act and continuing through current executive orders and Attorney General opinions affecting asylum and refugee admission.

By the semester's end, students will understand the legal requirements for asylum and refugee status in the US, having applied them to various real-world scenarios. Students will also gain deeper insight into the impact of recent changes to refugee and asylum policy in the US.

The course will employ case hypotheticals and simulations to highlight various topics in refugee protection, including unaccompanied minors, gender and LGBTI-based claims, and the tension between meeting international obligations to refugees while ensuring national security and addressing transnational crime.

This course is essential for students interested in asylum representation, as well as for those interested in refugee rights, human rights, immigration law, and public international law.

Students will complete a take-home midterm, consisting of a draft brief on asylum eligibility for a hypothetical case. Students will then build on this initial case work through a moot court hearing and, as a final paper, a full legal brief supporting or opposing asylum eligibility. As this is an applied learning course, class participation is essential, and it will count toward the final grade.

This course will satisfy the Option 1 writing requirement.

Kyra S. Lilien is a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where she analyzes immigration-related petitions for review. Previously, Kyra was an Asylum Officer at the USCIS Asylum Office in San Francisco where she adjudicated asylum applications and trained new asylum officers. Kyra practiced immigration law for several years before joining the Asylum Office, most recently at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, where she served as Immigration Program Director.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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  • Refugee Law and Policy: A Comparative and International Approach
    Karen Musalo, Jennifer Moore, Richard Boswell, Annie Daher
    ISBN: 9781611638486
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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