Course will be a natural progression for students after they obtain the basics of immigration law. Provides students with a more sophisticated look at the issues raised in the basic course by covering such topics as immigration law and gender issues. Some prior basic knowledge of immigration law is encouraged but not required.
This course will address the various ways in which criminal conduct affects immigration status and benefits and the obligations of criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, and immigration lawyers in regard to individuals with criminal histories. In particular, we will study: lawyers’ obligations under Supreme Court jurisprudence (Padilla v. Kentucky), state law, and ethical requirements; how to analyze a criminal conviction to determine possible immigration consequences; ways in which a conviction may be ameliorated to reduce or eliminate immigration consequences, including under recent California legislation; immigration relief for persons with criminal histories; and immigration relief for victims of crime. The course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing careers in immigration law or in criminal prosecution or defense.
Having taken or taking Immigration Law is strongly recommended.