Stephen Lee

Professor of Law

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development

Stephen Lee


Administrative law, immigration law


Professor Lee received his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.A. from UCLA, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. A former Fulbright Fellow, Professor Lee began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, in the Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation Group.  After that, he clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and then completed a fellowship at Stanford Law School before joining the UCI Law faculty.

Professor Lee writes at the intersection of administrative law and immigration law. He is particularly interested in how enforcement realities constrain immigration law and policy across a variety of contexts and institutions, especially the workplace, the criminal justice system, and the food industry.

Recent projects have examined the use of and justification for information disclosure laws that advance labor enforcement goals, the purpose and function of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, the structural implications of prosecutorial gatekeeping in state courts, and the pathologies associated with regulating employers for immigration and labor law violations. His work has been published in the Washington University Law ReviewMichigan Law Review, Harvard Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewArizona Law Review, and other legal and scholarly publications.

Current Courses:

Workplace Law, Food Law

Prior Courses:

Procedural Analysis, Comprehensive Immigration Reform Seminar, Administrative Law, Immigration Law & Policy, Writing for Law Review, Immigration Colloquium, Food Law Survey