Immigration and Citizenship Law Certificate for LL.M. Candidates

In order to earn the Immigration and Citizenship Law for LL.M. Candidates certificate, students must complete 16 hours of coursework in immigration and citizenship and related courses and author an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning immigration or citizenship law.


Required Courses (8 credit hours)

  • Immigration and Citizenship Law (3 credit hours)
  • Asylum and Refugee Law (3 credit hours)
  • Immigration Law Seminar (2 credit hours)

Elective Courses (8 credit hour minimum)

  • Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Human Rights Advocacy Project
  • International Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law
  • Family Law

Thesis Requirement

Students must complete an academic research paper of high professional quality concerning immigration or citizenship law.  They may fulfill this requirement in conjunction with one of the courses listed above, as part of LAW L898 Legal Research, LAW L905 Advanced Legal Writing, or through one of the College of Law’s journal offerings.  This paper must be written for a grade and must be advised or co-advised by one of the designated immigration and citizenship faculty.  Advance approval of the topic is required.  Students may also fulfill this requirement through an independent study for up to six credit hours, under the supervision of one of the designated immigration and citizenship faculty. 

Students must complete the requirements with a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and with no individual grade below C.