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professor newman is actually a lawyer full time so he probably devotes very little time to this class. however he is truly a great person, cares so much about students, very chill and accommodating. there were reflections due weekly on various topics but they were graded on completion and they were just for collecting your thoughts. there was one final research paper which became optional due to the turbulent sociopolitical context at the time. definitely take this class if you want to maybe network with an immigration lawyer or other immigration activists because every lecture was a guest speaker who does some kind of work regarding immigration rights/activism/policy
Professor Newman is a lawyer who teaches this class on the side. The class consisted of weekly 1-page writeups that I do not think he read and gave you full credit for submitting it. There was no midterm and a 7-page final that you can write about anything you want in regards to immigration. I do not think he read that either as none of my assignments had grades on it. Readings were given out every week and were doable. To be honest, you probably do not even have to read them as he does not quiz you on them. His lectures were kind of all over the place but as long as you attend class, you should be fine.
My one big dislike of the class is how politically leaning towards one side it was. He did disclose this at the beginning of the quarter and that anyone may drop the class if they do not agree, but I wish he explored both sides of the conversation. As a student, I want to learn from both perspectives rather than have one side imprinted on me. I feel like with classes talking about important topics like this, it is important to explore the reasonings and thoughts of both sides. That is just my opinion though.
In all, if you want an A, take this class because I am pretty sure he gave everyone one.