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Transformative Immigration Law & Policy

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below the new one. 

2017-2018

Limit: 8 students

Deadline: We review applications on a rolling basis, so it is to your advantage to apply earlier rather than later. Those selected to enroll will receive a notification by email that they may register for the course. Without professor approval you will be unable to register for the class.

This course engages students in conceptualizing, planning, and participating in the development of immigration legal policy. The course exposes students to aspects of legal practice beyond traditional case study, using a discrete issue of immigration policy and exploring its statutory, regulatory and constitutional parameters. Although the course revolves around an immigration law topic, it will be useful to any student interested in legal transformation. Students acquire lawyering skills through engaging the tools of change. These tools may include drafting practice advisories or policy briefs, contributing to litigation in the form of draft amicus briefs, writing an academic blog series, or commenting on proposed regulations and other vehicles for administrative policy-setting to initiate transformation in a legal regime. Depending on the semester’s topic, students may participate in meetings or events with immigration lawyers and leaders outside of class. We will explore how nontraditional authority such as social science research contributes to change in legal regimes. The course will take a comprehensive approach to the issue, encouraging students to think in novel ways about how law evolves and what role lawyers can play in its evolution.

The course will require intensive writing with multiple drafts and revisions, and significant class preparation.

The course is limited to 8 students and satisfies the WIE requirement.

Immigration Law is recommended but not required.

Students must have the professors’ permission to register for the course. Please submit the following in an email to the Registrar’s Office at lawreg@lclark.edu

  • A brief paragraph explaining why you want to participate in the course
  • An unofficial/informal transcript
  • A writing sample (if you submit your appellate brief from Lawyering, please submit only the portions you wrote)

NOTE: The below course description applied in academic years prior to 2017-2018.

Limit 12 students

This seminar engages students in conceptualizing, planning, and participating in the development of immigration law. The seminar exposes students to aspects of legal practice beyond traditional case study, using a discrete issue of immigration enforcement law and exploring its statutory, regulatory and constitutional parameters. Although the seminar revolves around an immigration law topic, it will be useful to any student interested in legal transformation. Students acquire lawyering skills through engaging the tools of change - either by contributing to litigation in the form of draft amicus briefs, writing scholarship, drafting practice advisories or policy briefs, or commenting on proposed regulations and other vehicles for administrative policy-setting to initiate transformation in a legal regime. We will explore how nontraditional authority such as social science research and literature contributes to change in legal regimes. The seminar will take a comprehensive approach to the issue, encouraging students to think in novel ways about how law evolves and what role lawyers can play in its evolution. The Seminar will require intensive writing with multiple drafts and revisions.

The Seminar is limited to 12 students. This course satisfies the WIE requirement. Students interested in satisfying the Capstone requirement on a topic related to the course may discuss with Prof. Stumpf an independent research project for additional credit.

Students must have the professors’ permission to register for the seminar.  You will find an application for the seminar on the application webpage. Please complete the application and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Students who have been chosen to participate will receive an email notifying them that they may register online.