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Bijal Shah

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Associate Professor of Law
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9520

Bijal Shah's teaching and scholarly interests lie in the areas of administrative law, structural constitutional law, immigration law (including "crimmigration"), international human rights law and LGBT law.  Her work appears or is forthcoming in publications including the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Yale Journal on Regulation, Minnesota Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, and the New York University (NYU) Law Review Online, among others.  Prior to joining the Sandra Day O' Connor College of Law, Professor Shah was an acting assistant professor at the NYU School of Law.  Professor Shah is also a co-managing editor of the Administrative & Regulatory Law News, published quarterly by the American Bar Association.       

Before entering the academy, Professor Shah was Associate General Counsel for the Department of Justice / Executive Office for Immigration Review.  In this position, she wrote immigration regulations, legislation and national policies on behalf of the General Counsel, the Director’s Office, and Congress.  Earlier in her career, Professor Shah served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Department of Homeland Security / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where her primary responsibilities included ensuring high-quality refugee and asylum adjudications nationwide and in the Middle East.  While in this fellowship, she also worked for immigration and appropriations offices at the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, oversaw State Department-sponsored anti-trafficking programs in the Middle East and South Asia, and litigated criminal and other immigration matters in the federal courts of appeal.  

Professor Shah is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor on the Yale Law Journal and a Yale University Kirby Human Rights Fellow.  Professor Shah is also a graduate of the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.  Immediately after completing her law and graduate studies, Professor Shah was a Harvard University Sinclair Kennedy Fellow, during which time she worked with the Mauritian Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on women's human rights and development issues in Mauritius.  Before entering law school, Professor Shah was an investment banker at UBS PaineWebber.

  • J.D. Yale Law School
  • M.P.A. Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
  • B.A. Brandeis University


Executive Administration, 72 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming)

Congress's Agency Coordination, 103 Minnesota Law Review 1961 (2019)

Civil Servant Alarm, 94 Chicago-Kent Law Review 101 (forthcoming 2019) (invited response to Professor Jennifer Nou)

Interagency Transfers of Adjudication Authority, 34 Yale Journal on Regulation 279 (2017)

Toward an Intra-Agency Separation of Powers, 92 NYU Law Review Online 101 (2017)

The Attorney General's Disruptive Immigration Power, 102 Iowa Law Review Online 129 (2017) (invited response to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales)

Uncovering Coordinated Interagency Adjudication, 128 Harvard Law Review 805 (2015)

LGBT Identity in Immigration, 45 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 100 (2013)

Gay American Deviance, 26 Wisconsin International Law Journal 1 (2008) 

Blood, Land, and Sex: Legal Pluralism in Eritrea, 7 Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 192 (2004) (book review)



Presidential Administration via Litigation, Yale Journal on Regulation, Notice & Comment (June 2019)

Putting Public Administration Back into Administrative Law, JOTWELL (June 2018)

Reliance Interests & the DACA Rescission, American Constitution Society (Apr. 2018)

Encouraging Legislative Expertise-Forcing, Take Care (Aug. 2017) (invited symposium on Professor Josh Chafetz’s new book, "Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers") 

Arizona's Problems with Immigration Federalism, Take Care (Aug. 2017)

Domestic Adherence to the Gender Binary, Take Care (July 2017)

Vagueness in 'Aggravated Felony,' Take Care (June 2017)

"Passing the Buck" in Agency Adjudication, Yale Journal on Regulation, Notice & Comment (June 2017)

Limiting Citizenship Inequality, Take Care (June 2017)

Agency Power in Immigration, Yale Journal on Regulation, Notice & Comment (Feb. 2016) 

Brand X Developments in the Ninth Circuit and Beyond, 3 Immigration Law Advisor 7 (Sept. 2009) (professional publication)

Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 516Criminal Law
LAW 609Administrative Law
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 516Criminal Law
LAW 735Teaching Assistant
LAW 781Independent Study
LAW 791Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 609Administrative Law
LAW 781Independent Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LAW 600Research Methods

Note to students:  LAW 600 "Research Methods" is the Administrative Law course.