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Immigration Law Research Guide

Finding Federal Case Law

Locating case law interpreting immigration statutes and regulations is a vital part of the overall immigration research process. There are a number of sources for federal case law for the immigration law researcher.

Refer to the How to Find Cases guide for more information on locating case law or the Finding Federal Primary Law guide to find case law related to a specific federal statute or regulation.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Ninth Circuit provides an Immigration Outline that many researchers may find useful. Produced by Ninth Circuit staff attorneys, this outline includes procedural and substantive topics pertaining to immigration law in the Ninth Circuit, specifically:  Jurisdiction, Standards of Review, Relief from Removal (e.g., Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment of Status), Motions to Reopen or Reconsider, Criminal Issues, Due Process, and Attorney Fees.


Immigration attorneys may need to follow the docket of a particular case or see individual documents that were filed in a court case. PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) is the federal government's official public access site for federal court documents. PACER charges a nominal fee for searches and documents. However, USC law students have access to PACER through Bloomberg Law (under "Litigation & Dockets").

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