Skip Navigation

LSTD512 - Immigration Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD512 Course ID: 4284 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This graduate course focuses on the procedural and substantive law surrounding immigration. Emphasis is given to legal changes enacted in the field since September 11, 2001, as well as current events. It provides students with the background, processes, and tools necessary for a working knowledge of immigration issues. Important topics such as immigrant status, citizenship, refugees, and asylum seekers will be explored. Students will analyze immigration law and policy.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 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
  • Explain and discuss the sources of immigration law and identify the various agencies assigned to immigration policy, procedures, and enforcement
  • Compare and identify immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, adjustment of status, and citizenship procedures
  • Analyze the intricacies of admission and removal procedures under the Immigration and Nationality Act
  • Understand, identify, and distinguish between various forms of relief from removal to include asylum and cancellation of removal
  • Evaluate other methods of removal used by government agencies
  • Explain citizenship and denaturalization requirements and 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 formal case brief on a selected immigration case
  • Plan and develop an extensive research paper covering an aspect of immigration law and policy of interest

1. Assignments & Forum Participation: There will be assignments and forums during the course. They are selected to provide the student with hands-on experience in applying the law and theories being discussed. You can find specific guidance in the assignment and forum section.

2. Exams: The final exam will be taken open book. The exam will be posted in the electronic classroom under "Tests and Quizzes.” These examinations will cover selected sections of the lessons and assigned readings. They may consist of True/False, multiple choice, fill in the blank, and essays.

NameGrade %
Forum Introduction 1.00 %
Intro 1.00 %
Forum Discussions 53.00 %
Week 1 8.83 %
Week 2 8.83 %
Week 3 8.83 %
Week 5 8.83 %
Week 6 8.83 %
Week 7 8.83 %
Research Paper Proposal 1.00 %
Research Paper Proposal 1.00 %
Final 20.00 %
Final Exam1 20.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %

Required Readings: Course resources and case law may also be required reading and found in the “Lessons” tab for each week’s assigned reading.


The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass'n et. al. eds., 20th ed. 2015).

Immigration Law Handbook (LexisNexis 2016).

Web Sites:

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”) (go to LAWS tab and then look to the left to find the INA)

US Department of State (“DOS”) travel site

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.