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Immigration and Nationality Law Review

The Immigration and Nationality Law Review (INLR) is an internationally recognized annual law journal and one of only two major student-edited American law journals focusing on immigration law.  The INLR is devoted to disseminating influential, innovative, and relevant scholarship on issues of immigration and nationality and includes original articles, student casenotes, comments, book reviews, and essays.

 Immigration and nationality law often transcend beyond their areas and influence such fields as constitutional and criminal law, human rights, international law, and ethnic conflict.  Moreover, immigration and nationality frequently implicate issues of race, gender, class, and national security.  The INLR is dedicated to addressing immigration and nationality laws impact to these areas as well.

Created in 1976, the INLR was originally a reprint journal, serving the scholarly community as an anthology of the most seminal law review articles on immigration and nationality while including legislative summaries and a limited number of original contributions. The INLR is published by William S. Hein & Co., Inc. of New York.


Second and third year law students are responsible for coordinating the production of the journal, editing original articles, researching and writing notes, comments, and book reviews, as well as organizing INLR’s annual speaker events under the guidance of Professor Brad Mank and Professor Yolanda Vázquez, the INLR's faculty advisors.

Writing Competition

At the end of each spring semester, 1st and 2nd year law students are eligible to apply for an associate member position via a writing competition. Those whose writing skills are deemed exceptional by the editorial board are invited to join INLR during the late summer before the new academic year begins.

Associate Members and Editorial Board

Associate members of INLR are required to write a book review during their first semester and a case comment or note during their second semester with the journal. At the end of the spring semester, associate members continuing on the journal may run for positions on the INLR editorial board for the following year.

Journal Submissions

The INLR does not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but instead solicits original works from esteemed scholars and practitioners who are invited to present their work at the College of Law.



View video of events from the last academic year. 

2015 Fall Lecture featuring Shoba Wadhia, the Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor of Law,  Director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Penn State Law.

View the lecture: Beyond Deportation: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration

2016 Spring Lecture featuring Professor Lenni Benson, Director of the Safe Passage Project, New York Law School. Prof. Benson is co-author of Immigration and Nationality Law: Problems and Strategies.

View the lecture: The Unaccompanied Minor Crisis

2016 Spring Lecture featuring Professor Cesar Cuauhtemoc Garcia Hernandez, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

View the lecture: Abolishing Immigration Prisons

2016 Spring Lecture featuring Professor Phillip L. Torrey, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

View the lecture: Principles of Federalism and Convictions for Immigration Purposes