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LSTD402 - Immigration Law and Policy

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD402 Course ID: 4491 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to immigration law and policy. Its concentration is on the study and analysis of governing immigration laws and the application of those laws to immigration practice. Current immigration policies and procedures will also be analyzed and discussed. Topics covered include: historical developments and sources of immigration law, federal agencies governing immigration law and practice, admission procedures to the U.S. to include immigrant and non-immigrant visas and citizenship, removal (commonly referred to as “deportation”) laws and procedures, and relief from removal to include asylum, cancellation of removal, and other forms of relief.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the history and development of immigration law and policy

  • Describe the various federal agencies that govern immigration practice to include Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Explain U.S. entry procedures to include immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, adjustment of status, and citizenship procedures

  • Describe inadmissibility and removal procedures under the Immigration and Nationality Act

  • Recognize methods of removal (also known as “deportation” used by immigration officials

  • Compare and contrast various administrative relief from removal procedures

  • Analyze asylum and refugee law

  • Apply immigration law and procedures within various vignettes presented

  • Evaluate current immigration issues in the news or proposed legislation in light of existing law and policy

  • Prepare a case brief or written immigration case summary from the Board of Immigration Appeals

The grading will be based on forum assignments, case essay, written assignments, as well as an open book mid-term and final examination.

  1. Assignments & Forum Participation: There will be forum and assignments during the course. They are selected to provide the student with hands-on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed.
  2. Exams: The mid-term and final exams will be taken open book. The exams will be posted in the electronic classroom under "Tests and Quizzes.” These examinations will cover selected sections of the lessons and assigned reading. They will consist of True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and essays.
NameGrade %
Forum Introduction 1.00 %
Intro 1.00 %
Forum Disucssion Assignments 20.00 %
Forum 1 3.33 %
Forum 2 3.33 %
Forum 3 3.33 %
Forum 5 3.33 %
Forum 6 3.33 %
Forum 7 3.33 %
Week 2 Assignment 9.00 %
Week 2 Written Assignment 9.00 %
Midterm Examination 25.00 %
Midterm Exam 25.00 %
Week 5 Case Essay 10.00 %
Week 5 - Case Essay Assignment 10.00 %
Week 7 Assignment 10.00 %
Week 7 Written Assignment 10.00 %
Final Examination 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %

Additional Resources: Course handouts and immigration case law will also be required reading and found in the “Lessons” folder for each week’s assigned reading.

Web Site Resources:

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful.

Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS)

9th Circuit Immigration Outline

Board of Immigration Appeals Precedent Decisions

Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”)

US Department of State (“DOS”) travel site

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.