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Immigration Law and Procedure in a Nutshell, 6th (West Nutshell Series) (In a Nutshell (West Publishing)) [Paperback]

David Weissbrodt , Laura Danielson
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October 18, 2010 0314199446 978-0314199447 6
This compact, comprehensive title offers an expert overview of the history, constitutional authority, statutory provisions, regulations, structure, procedure, administrative process, and ethical principles of immigration law and practice.

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  • Series: West Nutshell Series
  • Paperback: 804 pages
  • Publisher: West; 6 edition (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314199446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314199447
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT NUTSHELL January 21, 2007
I would HIGHLY encourage anyone taking Immigration law to purchase this nutshell. It succintly covered all the topics of immigration law and trendously helped in understanding this evolving field of law.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference guide March 1, 2006
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I am a manager for a Federal Govt Agency. I found this book informational and easy to understand. Immigration law is a complex subject. The book is easy to read and addresses many important aspects related to this subject. The sections related to inadmissability, removal are well written and easy to understand. The chapters related to the history of various classes of immigrants was intersting as well. I would recommend the book for persons who want to expand their knowledge of this topic.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's better... November 9, 2010
I'm an immigration lawyer who has a lot of the "laymen" books on the shelves. The nutshell is not bad, but it's more for cramming in law school or if you want an overview with a bit more "legal stuff." However... the NOLO books are better. I have them, I use them, I like them better. FYI- the most lawyer type book on immigration law for those who want some real detail along with case law... look up Ira Kurzban's book. Cost $300.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book provides a good academic discussion April 30, 2004
By Li Lin
This book makes no pretensions to be the ultimate compendium for the practitioners in the immigration field. As the author points out in the preface, this book is meant to give you a brief overview of the subject. And that it did! It provides succint and stimulating discussions in many pertinent topics. Most importantly, the flow of the discussions is not bogged down by chaotic juxtaposition of law and facts that is usually usually associated with works written by the practitioners. In short, this book presents you with the picture of the forest rather than the individual shots of trees. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The most difficult thing about studying any body of laws resides, not in its substance, but in its presentation. One advantage of immigration law is that it relies heavily on fairly stable categories. This book should help anyone but the most impatient to build a first outline of the main categories of immigration law--with helpful annotations.

15 chapters: 1-4 (background information--including history and constitutional law); 5 (immigrant visas), 6 (nonimmigrant visas), 7 (zooms on student visas--a sub-category of nonimmigrant visas), 8 (removal--formerly "deportation"), 9 (inadmissibility), 10 (refugees/asyless), 11 (international law), 12 (citizenship), 13 (zooms on rights of aliens in general), 14 (criminal aspects of immigration law), 15 (ethical practice).

My main advice is to take good note of the general INA and CFR provisions under each category and subcategory, and names (and holdings, why not) of important cases. Add that to your outline, and you have a fine guide for further research. In other words, if your goal is to familiarize yourself with the field AS A WHOLE for the first time, don't get bogged down in the discussions of legal history and cases at first (yes, this is not a manual, so what's the point?)--except for the general history of US immigration law at the start of the book, which gives you a good first sense of the "spirit" of US immigration policy. You could come back to those discussions later, without the aggravation.

I do not recommend delving directly into any body of laws that is as extensive as immigration law, unless of course you have a few years to spare--but then again why waste that time? Think of books like this one as you would of maps: you don't want to have to start looking for California, street by street, starting in Washington DC. The point is this: an overview is always useful. This one should help you, if you use it properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate for class November 21, 2011
By R. Kao
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Adequate and helpful for an overview of your standard Immigration class. Definitely helpful for the UCLA SOL class, and I will be recommending it to rising 2Ls.

The only possible problem is that the book does not always include citations, or parallel citations, to INA provisions. Instead, the book may use implementation rules, necessitating a bit of legwork if the professor is working off the INA. I would think that the INA would be the most appropriate authority to cite for law students, but I can imagine that if a practitioner was using the guide, then perhaps the rules are more appropriate. The book flip-flops between the two, while both would have nice (perhaps putting the cross-reference in a parenthetical cite).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best ready reference on Immigration November 28, 2007
This book is not only very easy to carry around but is an awesome tool for students and practitioners. Right to the point and easy reading format, a must to deal with the most complicated area of our laws. It seems that it will be a good tool for a while since there's no change to immigration laws on sight in the near future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars immigration law January 9, 2007
i think that the book is very good, easy to read, well written and conveniently composed so that information is easy to be found
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutshell
All nutshell books are the same and they are useful to a point. This one has a nice overview of the applicable laws and a good framework for further research.
Published 6 months ago by Laurie D. Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars The Immigration Laws/a detailed discussion of the laws
Very informative. If one would read the book, I do not think I would need a lawyer.
Each law is clearly explained in detail and in simple terms which I can understand. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Aurora Nold
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction
I purchased this book knowing that it is not a practice manual but an introduction to immigration law. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book. Very well written.
An excellent outline of U.S. immigration law. Well written and well organized. Simple enough for even the legal novice to understand.
Published 16 months ago by M. Divine
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent version
It is helpful to have this on ereader. I use this not as a student but as a student in a clinic who needs quick referencing for clients. I hope to use it as a young lawyer as well
Published 17 months ago by Michael Tracey
4.0 out of 5 stars saved my butt on multiple occasions
this book saved my bacon on a few occasions. Great reference if your confused about certain aspects due to a horrible casebook.
Published 17 months ago by Oklahoma Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
There was a big ol sticker in the front cover of this book that said "professor review copy not for resale" and also what appeared to be a ski number on the side of the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by happyspecialk21
3.0 out of 5 stars helpful, but why so small?
as a law student, this was very helpful in explaining immigration law and statutes in every day language. however, i found its small size very irritating. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by as442
4.0 out of 5 stars useful book
The book came in the condition described by the seller. It gives useful information about how to interpret sections of the INA. Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to Immigration law
I married an American citizen this year and I found this book very helpful in explaining the process and helping me understand what i needed to do. Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by Seth Yoder
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