“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Yogi Berra

Immigration law changes quickly and often. Not just small changes, but sweeping changes to substance and procedure that often require practitioners to adapt to and re-learn entire categories of law. Written as a novel and guided by directed questions and assignments, this book immerses students in the stories of real-life clients to provide a birds-eye view of the lawyering skills and substantive law involved in the practice of immigration law. The text follows two primary real-life client stories, designed to provide the experience of working a case from beginning to end. Several shorter, real-life client scenarios highlight particularly challenging aspects of substantive and procedural immigration practice as it stood at the beginning of 2018. Students develop strategies and advise clients on potential courses of action in a diverse range of situations, using real case documents. Rather than working with a set of predetermined facts extracted from a legal opinion, students learn to cut through the noise and identify information to frame and develop cases. The engaging material also lends itself to classroom exploration and discussion.

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Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Bridge to Practice
Publication Date: 05/31/2018

Regina Jefferies, University of Minnesota Law School

Linus Chan, University of Minnesota Law School

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