Certificate Requirements

In order to attain the Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice Certificate, students must complete 16 hours of coursework –  6 hours of immigration and citizenship courses and 10 hours of immigration clinic. In addition, students will need to secure 2 skills credits (of their 8 required to graduate) in immigration or naturalization skills courses.  Students are encouraged, but not required, to take additional related courses. In order to receive the Certificate, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in the Certificate courses, and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Required Immigration Courses (6 credit hours):

  • Immigration and Citizenship Law  (3 credit hours)

This is the foundational immigration law course.  It surveys the federal law of immigration and citizenship law.  Law students may take this course in either their second or third year but certificate students should take it in their second year, before they take immigration clinic.  As currently taught it is a course that integrates the study of substantive law with a practice-oriented approach because it uses a case simulation and an administrative appellate brief exercise as the primary evaluation.  Successful completion of this course earns the student one skills credit.  Students interested in the certificate should take this course in the spring of their second year so that they’ve completed it before they sign up for immigration clinic.

  • Asylum and Refugee Law (3 credit hours)

This course explores the international and national legal regimes for the protection of refugees and asylees through a case simulation and a set of practice oriented exercises including preparation of a memorandum or letter in support of an asylum applicant. Topics include the history of the U.N. Convention on the Status of Refugees, the implementation of that convention through the U.S. Refugee Act of 1980 and subsequent related legislation, political and judicial efforts to define the extent of the protections afforded under international and domestic law, current proposals to amend the laws, and the practice of asylum law in the United States.  The central goal of this course is to help you understand the legal and policy issues affecting asylum-seekers.  Students who successfully complete the course earn 3 experiential credits.  There is no pre-requisite for the course and certificate students are encouraged to take the course in their second year, before they take immigration clinic.

Immigration Clinic (10 credit hours)

  • Students sign up for immigration clinic in spring of their second year.
  • Students are required to take two semesters of immigration clinic.

Suggested Electives for Immigration Certificate Students:

  • Immigration Law Seminar (2 hours)
  • Immigration Practicum (2 hours)
  • Clinical Externship (1-2 hours)
  • Administrative Law (3 hours)
  • Employment Law (3 hours)
  • Employment Discrimination (3 hours)
  • Human Rights and Global Marketplace (2 hours)
  • International Law (3 hours)
  • Advanced Constitutional Law (3 hours)
  • Family Law (3 hours)

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