Samuel W. Bettwy

Samuel W. Bettwy
Samuel W. Bettwy
Adjunct Professor
M.A. Candidate, National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College;
Diplôme, Cours supérieur des officiers de réserve spécialistes d'état major (CSORSEM), France;
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center (International & Comparative Law);
J.D. California Western School of Law;
B.A., Pomona College
Phone: (619) 546-7125

Professor Bettwy, author of several published law review articles on the subjects of international law and immigration law, has been teaching at Thomas Jefferson since 1995.


From 1987 to 1999, he was an Assistant Editor of International Legal Materials, a publication of the American Society of International Law. He has specialized in immigration law since 1987 when he began as a prosecutor in immigration court for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Francisco. From there, he was promoted to Associate General Counsel in Washington, DC, in charge of attorney training, and then he transferred to the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, where he continues to specialize in immigration law matters before the U.S. District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2007 and 2008, Professor Bettwy was the only government attorney selected in the category of Immigration in Super Lawyer’s San Diego Edition.


Professor Bettwy is also an active Army reservist in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, currently serving as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate of the 79th Sustainment Support Command in Los Alamitos, California.


Courses include:

Immigration Law and Comparative Criminal Procedure through Film



A Survey of Comparative Criminal Procedure through Foreign Films , Opinio Juris in Comparatione (Special Issue) (2014), available at


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    April 24, 2012
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  • Immigration Panel
    April 17, 2012
    By Adrianna Maldonado   On April 12, the Immigration Law Society, along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), held a career...