LAW 689B - Administrative Law Research (Focus on Immigration Law)
Instructor: Sarah Gotschall
August 23 - October 13 • Fall 2021
Section 101/201 • 1 units • Graded • Fully Online
This course will focus on the development of administrative law research skills. These skills are important because so many areas of law in our modern economy are heavily regulated by agencies (tax, securities, immigration, etc.). This course focuses on immigration law research, but it is not necessary to be specifically interested in this area of law to take the course. Once a student understands how to conduct administrative law research in one area, it is easy to use the knowledge to quickly master research in another area of interest. By the end of the course, students will understand administrative law research and have learned efficient strategies for finding the primary and secondary information necessary to answer immigration law questions and develop legal arguments. Toward that end, students will thoroughly examine agencies and their powers, state and federal regulatory processes, organization of administrative law materials, and a variety of online sources of administrative law. Students will learn to efficiently utilize a variety of free and commercial sources and employ a variety of search strategies to find regulations, statutes, administrative decisions, guidance documents, executive orders, cases, and secondary source information. In addition, students will learn different techniques for tracking statutory and regulatory developments.