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Immigration Law: Legal Theory and Practice (5)

Taught in conjunction with Immigration Law, Prof. Vaughns’ section of the LTP component is about advocacy in behalf of immigrant rights, especially in the aftermath of events occurring on September 11, 2001, and will be conducted as a “side bar” to the basic course offering taught by the same instructor and requires co-enrollment in that course. The LTP component is limited to six (6) students. The number of credits for both the course and LTP component is a total of five (5) credits. LTP students will be expected, over and above the two (2) hours per week that the regular class sessions will meet, to (a) attend an additional weekly classroom session (when scheduled) to hear from attorneys advocating in behalf of immigrant rights and discuss the application of legal theories and practical strategies to assist client communities or advocacy organizations with the instructor; (b) devote a minimum of 10 hours per week of field placement work; and (c) participate in regular tutorials (including additional course readings) depending on the field placements and student team meetings with the instructor. In addition to taking the final examination in the basic course, attendance at additional class sessions, tutorial (and team) meetings, and performance of field placement work, students will be required to participate in “Grand Rounds,” i.e., oral presentations, relating to their individual field placement experiences, submit a paper of 10-15 pages in length at the conclusion of the course, focusing in greater depth on a topic raised by either their field placement work, special guest presentations, or the course and/or tutorial readings. Students registered for the LTP component will be placed in teams of two (2) persons in community-based and/or institutional organizations that provide, for example, assistance to, advocacy in behalf of and/or representation of individuals (or, more likely, affected immigrant groups) in such areas as deportation of criminal aliens, detention of asylum applicants, post 9/11 detention of immigrants of particular nationalities, general immigration matters affected by 9/11 governmental actions, as well as agencies or groups that propose legislation at the state and national level as well as those that respond to proposed state and federal legislation, comment on proposed administrative regulations, and/or petition to file amicus briefs in federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Field placements last year included the American Immigration Law Foundation, National Asian Pacific Legal Consortium, in Washington D.C., Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Catholic Charities, and the Public Justice Center here in Baltimore. Potential field placements in the fall include the ABA Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono, Arab-American Anti-discrimination Committee in Washington, D.C., and the ACLU in Baltimore. Field work, in addition to a particular field placement with community organizations, may also include attendance at immigration court hearings, and if possible, observance of immigration subcommittee hearings on Capitol Hill and oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in immigration cases. This course satisfies the Cardin Requirement.

Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a one day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program the Friday before the first day of the semester in which the course begins.

Current & Previous Instructors:

This course is not currently scheduled.


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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