Law 941 - Law of the US - Mexico Border

Peter L. Reich

Peter L. Reich

Lecturer in Law
Academic Director, Law & Communication Intensive
B.A. UCLA, 1976
M.A. UCLA, 1977
J.D. UC Berkeley, 1985
Ph.D. UCLA, 1991
UCLA Faculty Since 2017
Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the study and practice of law in the U.S.-Mexico border region across a variety of topics. As the border has generated a wide array of controversies, the casebook covers boundary questions, border detentions, immigrants’ rights, family law, real estate transactions, finance and trade, torts, crimes, environmental law, and Mexican law within the United States. For each chapter of the book, and each case, we will discuss whether the border is a “line” or a “zone” through doctrinal and policy analysis. The border, in other words, does not necessarily cease to be relevant just because the political boundary has been crossed.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will study cases within a regional rather than a purely subject-specific context. In this way they will learn how attorneys practicing in fields with transnational implications must evaluate multiple topics within different legal systems, understand the functioning of governmental and private institutions across boundaries, and become familiar with binational entities.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Peter Reich 20S 941 LEC 1 Unscheduled 2.0 No No
  Course meets 1/7 - 1/10 and 1/13 - 1/17 from 1:30 - 4:30pm in room 2467.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2020 LEC 1
Reich, Peter L. The Law of the United States-Mexico Border: A Casebook    
ISBN: 9781594601644. Carolina Academic Press. REQUIRED $60.00