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Immigration Law Research Guide

Locating Secondary Sources

Location information is provided for each secondary source listed below. For those sources listed as "Print: Law Library," please search the Law Library's catalog, Advocat. For more information on searching Advocat, consult the Using Advocat page in our "Using Online Catalogs" research guide. Some materials are located in the Immigration Clinic or the clinic director's office. These materials are only available to Clinic students. You may also wish to consult the Guide to Online Secondary Sources for additional secondary sources.


Practice Guides

Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook. Kurzban (Print: Clinic)

    • This sourcebook, published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, provides interpretations of federal case law and administrative decisions related to a number of immigration issues. Agency rulings and other sources of primary law are also thoroughly discussed.

Immigration Fundamentals: A Guide to Law & Practice. Fragomen & Bell (Bloomberg Law)

    • This practice guide from the Practising Law Institute provides in-depth information on a wide variety of immigration issues. All types of primary sources are covered along with practice commentaries.


Immigration Court Practice Manual. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of Chief Immigration Judge

    • Manual for those practicing in immigration courts before agency immigration judges.

BIA Practice Manual. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals

    • Guide for attorneys practicing before the Board of Immigration Appeals

Immigration Judge Benchbook. U.S. Dept. of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

    • The benchbook is intended for use by immigration judges in adjudication of immigration issues.

Current Awareness


Many law reviews and journals contain articles on immigration issues. Refer to the Law Library's How to Find Journal Articles research guide for information on searching for journal articles. There are also a few immigration-specific law journals:


Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell. Weissbrodt & Danielson (Print: Law Library)

    • Quick overview of immigration law designed for use by law students.
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