Faculty and Curriculum
GW Law is an ideal home for the Immigration Law Clinic. The Law School counts several distinguished professors and advocates in the immigration field among its faculty and offers strong courses in immigration law.
Professor of Clinical Law and Immigration Clinic Director Alberto M. Benítez teaches 6630 Immigration Clinic and Immigration Law 6538.
In the Immigration Clinic, students assume substantial responsibility for handling a range of immigration law matters, including determining what benefits or forms of relief, if any, are available to their clients, and, in appropriate circumstances, representing their clients in removal proceedings. Because the clinic’s clients come from all over the world, cultural sensitivity is essential and foreign language skills are welcome. A minimum of 210 hours of work per semester and attendance at a two-hour weekly seminar are required. Permission of the instructor is required prior to registration. Prerequisite: Law 6538. Students may enroll in this course and Law 6638 (Outside Placement) only with permission of both instructors.
Professorial Lecturer in Law Nancy M. Lawrence teaches 6539 Immigration Law II.
This course focuses on the family and employment-based immigration practices. Examination of the procedural aspects of obtaining lawful permanent resident status in the United States through the family and/or employment preferences categories, as well as the process for obtaining non-immigrant admission. (Take-home examination)
Professorial Lecturer in Law Michelle Morales and Associate Professor of Law Eleanor Brown, co-teach 6538 Immigration Law.
This course focuses on theory and application of the Immigration and Nationality Act and 8 Code of Federal Regulations. Examination of practice before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Department of State, and Department of Labor. Removal, asylum, adjustment of status, naturalization, and other issues. Enrollment is limited. (Examination)
Professorial Lecturer in Law Melysa Sperber teaches 6540 Refugee and Asylum Law.
This course covers selected topics from the areas of international law pertaining to the protection of refugees and domestic law of political asylum. Enrollment is limited. (Take-home examination)