Jennifer Lee Koh

Visiting Professor of Law
Jennifer Lee Koh


Immigration Law, Administrative Law, Clinical Legal Education


Professor Koh’s scholarship focuses on the convergence of the immigration enforcement and criminal justice systems; the legal frameworks governing deportation, particularly streamlined procedures that take place outside the immigration courts; and the federal courts’ treatment of immigration claims.  Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as the Washington University Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Stanford Law Review Online, North Carolina Law Review, Florida Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, and Clinical Law Review. In 2015, the Supreme Court cited and quoted Professor Koh’s article, The Whole Better Than the Sum:  The Case for the Categorical Approach to Determining the Immigration Consequences of Crime, extensively in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s majority opinion in Mellouli v. Lynch, 135 S. Ct. 1980 (2015), which involved the deportation of a lawful permanent resident for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (in that case, a sock).  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has also cited Professor Koh’s articles, Removal in the Shadows of Immigration Court and Crimmigration and the Void for Vagueness Doctrine in recent years. 

At UCI, Professor Koh teaches Legal Profession I & II and Administrative Law.  Prior to joining UCI, Professor Koh was a Professor of Law and the founding director of the Immigration Clinic at Western State College of Law in Irvine, CA, and a Clinical Lecturer and Cooley Godward Kronish Fellow in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Stanford Law School.  Before entering law teaching, she was a litigation associate at the law firm WilmerHale in Palo Alto, CA and New York, NY; and the director of a community lawyering project at Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services in New York, NY.

Professor Koh is a frequent speaker and commentator on immigrants’ rights and social justice issues locally and nationally.   She has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Law360, Reveal Magazine, Orange County Register and various other media outlets and podcasts.  She is a former editor of the Immigration Law Professors Blog, and has been a guest speaker for numerous Orange County-based organizations and events.  Professor Koh currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Justice Fund, an organization she helped found in 2017 to provide access to justice and operate an immigrant bond fund for individuals in federal immigration detention. She also serves on the Board of Editors for the Clinical Law Review, a peer-reviewed journal devoted to lawyering theory and clinical pedagogy.

Professor Koh received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. At Columbia, she was a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review and chaired the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. After law school, she clerked for the late Honorable Eugene Nickerson of the Eastern District of New York.

Current Courses:

Legal Profession II, Administrative Law

Prior Courses:

Legal Profession I

Prof. Koh's SSRN author page >

  • Barricading the Immigration Courts, Duke Law Journal Online (forthcoming 2020)
  • Reflections on Elitism After the Closing of a Clinic:  Pedagogy, Justice and Scholarship, Clinical Law Review (forthcoming 2019)
  • Crimmigration Beyond the Headlines:  The Board of Immigration Appeals’ Quiet Expansion of the Meaning of Moral Turpitude, 71 Stanford Law Review Online 267 (2019)
  • When Shadow Removals Collide:  Searching for Solutions to the Legal Black Holes Created by Expedited Removal and Reinstatement, 96 Washington University Law Review 337 (2018) 
  • Removal in the Shadows of Immigration Court, 90 Southern California Law Review 181 (2017)
  • Crimmigration and the Void for Vagueness Doctrine, 2016 Wisconsin Law Review 1127
  • Agape, Grace and Immigration Law: An Evangelical Perspective, in AGAPE, JUSTICE AND LAW (Robert Cochran & Zachary Calo, eds., forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2017)
  • Integrating Skills and Collaborating Across Law Schools: An Example from Immigration Law, 16 Nevada Law Journal 147 (2015) (with Anna Welch)
  • Rethinking Removability, 65 Florida Law Review 1803 (2013)
  • Waiving Due Process (Goodbye): Stipulated Orders of Removal and the Crisis in Immigration Adjudication, 91 North Carolina Law Review 475 (2013)
  • The Whole Better than the Sum: A Case for the Categorical Approach to Determining the Immigration Consequences of Crime, 26 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 257 (2012)
  • Teaching Individual Representation Alongside Institutional Advocacy: Pedagogical Implications of a Combined Advocacy Clinic, 16 Clinical Law Review 451 (2010) (with Jayashri Srikantiah) 
  • Recognizing the Interdependence of Rights in the Antidiscrimination Context Through the World Conference Against Racism, 34 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 235 (2002) (with Catherine Powell)
  • Jing Fong Restaurant: Unfair Labor Practices in New York City's Chinatown, 7 Asian American Policy Review 145 (1997)
  • DEPORTATION WITHOUT DUE PROCESS (advocacy report on stipulated order of removal program), available here (with Jayashri Srikantiah and Karen Tumlin)
  • Panelist, The New World in Context:  Immigration Adjudication, Duke Law Journal Administrative Law Symposium, February 14, 2020
  • Panelist, Immigration Narratives, Civil Rights and Advocacy, American Immigration Lawyers Association Colorado Chapters Conference, Oct. 11, 2019
  • Commentator, Clinical Writers’ Workshop, NYU Law School, September 21, 2019
  • Panelist, Faith-Based Interventions in Immigration Law, National People of Color Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 23, 2019 
  • Speaker, The Board of Immigration Appeals’ Quiet Expansion of Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude, Stanford Law Review Symposium, Palo Alto, CA, February 25, 2019 
  • Panelist, Dimaya and the Criminalization of Migration, Southwestern Law Review Symposium, Los Angeles, CA, February 1, 2019
  • Ethnic Studies Award from Chapman University Education and Ethnic Studies Summit, 2019
  • Community Justice Award from Resilience Orange County (to Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic), 2018
  • Community Award from Orange County Immigrant Youth United, 2017