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Spring 2015
6202 Asylum Law - HOFFMANG/MODI- 23036

Professor(s): Geoffrey Hoffman (CLINICAL FACULTY [405(b)])
Susham Modi (DEPARTED)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: International Law 

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  W  Location: 3  BLB

Course Outline: This two-credit course will cover United States asylum and refugee law, as well as protection under the Convention Against Torture and withholding of removal. We will also discuss policies underlying asylum law, and the federal immigration agencies which implement those policies. The course will also deal with cutting-edge topics in this area including asylum gang-related claims, gender-based claims, and imputed grounds of protection. The primary text for this course will be Regina Germain, Asylum Primer, 6th Edition (AILA Publications 2010). No previous immigration course work or experience necessary.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota=12

Purchase Books from AILA

Please order the book well ahead of class, please email me w/ questions or to discuss.

Required Text:

1) Regina “Gina” Germain, Asylum Primer (AILA 6th ed.)

Students must purchase the book directly from the publisher to receive the student price of $79. To order directly from AILA, go to and sign in using your AILA student member account. If you are a first time customer, please follow the steps to create a Non-Member Account. Choose “Law Student” as your Person Type. Only “Law Student” person types can apply the coupon code during check out. Use coupon code: ACAS15ASY
ISBN: 978-1-57370-290-0; SKU: 52-90


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 05/06/15 6-8pm  111 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course:

Course Materials (11/18/2014 4:02:42 PM)

Book(s) Required

As a resource only:

Deborah Anker, Law of Asylum in the United States (West 2014 ed.)
Immigration and Nationality Act online:
Further Materials will be provided throughout semester-via email