Samuel W. Bettwy

Samuel Bettwy
Adjunct Professor
M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies, with highest distinction, 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 also served as an active reservist in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1987 to 2014, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Courses include:

Torts, Immigration Law, and Comparative Criminal Procedure through Film


Comparative Criminal Procedure Through Film (Vandeplas 2015)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Evolving Transnational Cinematic Perspectives of Terrorism, 9 Perspectives on Terrorism 42-60 (2015), available at


The Potential of Transnational Cinema to Counter Islamic Extremism, 4 CTX JOURNAL 78 (2014), available at

A Proposed Legislative Scheme to Solve the Mexican Immigration Problem, 2 San Diego Int'l L.J. 93 (2001)

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.

Turkish Prosecutors and Judges Visit TJSL

September 23, 2014

Turkish prosecutors and judges visiting San Diego lawyers and judges took time out of their busy program to speak to TJSL students on September 22...

SVA Panel

The SVA Tackles a Tough Topic at Forum: War Crimes

April 24, 2012

TJSL’s Student Veterans of America organization (SVA) took on a serious and timely topic at a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 24 – the alleged...

Immigration Panel

Immigration Lawyers Talk About Their Field of Practice at ILS Event

April 17, 2012

By Adrianna Maldonado

On April 12, the Immigration Law Society, along with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),...