Immigration Practice Field Placement and Seminar

This placement and seminar provides students with substantive instruction on, and hands-on experience with, advanced issues in immigration and nationality law.

Immigration Practice Field Placement and Seminar

The Immigration Practice Field Placement and Seminar are two courses that are often taken together in the same semester, though not co-requisite courses. The seminar course is offered as a stand alone doctrinal course providing substantive instruction on business visa practice; immigration related employment discrimination; acquired, derivative, and dual citizenship; deportation and exclusion grounds and relief; political asylum and INS enforcement techniques. The Field Placement is a supervised placement exploring advanced issues in immigration and nationality law with one of the following: government agencies, private law firms, in-house corporate legal departments, public interest agencies, and clinics.

This upper-level combination of doctrinal coverage and skills development includes a two-credit seminar and a two-credit field placement exploring advanced issues in immigration and nationality law. Students admitted to the field placement are required to complete the two-credit seminar during the same semester. Field Placement participants must devote at least 10 hours per week to their placements, meet with supervising faculty and placement mentor, attend the seminar and complete all seminar assignments. The grade for the seminar is based on class assignments and two written projects modeled on typical legal materials. Placement credits do not involve scheduled classes.

Approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.

Recommended for the Following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Family Law; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; Labor and Employment; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Immigration Law (GOV160) or with permission of the instructor

4 Credits: 2 credits for the graded seminar and 2 credits for the (pass/fail) field placement


Business and Financial Services

Intellectual Property and Privacy

Government and Public Interest Law

General Practice / Chart Your Path





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