Extending Our Jesuit Mission Through New Programs
Extending Our Jesuit Mission Through New Programs

For students who wish to pursue a path that intersects with poverty law and health law, Creighton provides a number of compelling offerings and resident expertise. Read on for more information, and apply today.

Poverty Law

Heaney Family Poverty Law and Pro Bono Program

Creighton expanded its curriculum in spring 2017 by adding a poverty law survey course and a civil law poverty externship. Pro bono work was added in the fall of 2018 and Katelyn Cherney, BA,’08, JD, special assistant professor, was named its director. The program was made possible by a gift from the Heaney Family Fund. Read more

Health Law

Health Law Concentration

Law students demonstrating their readiness to practice in the complex world of health law can earn a concentration in health law in tandem with their JD. Health lawyers work in many settings and may represent individual providers, patients and large organizations, both corporate and governmental.

Health law is an umbrella term to describe the federal, state and local laws and regulations that apply to all aspects of the health care industry-from small health care provider practices to multi-state health systems, and from pharmaceutical and device companies to insurance companies and public health agencies. The laws governing health care operations and individual patients are increasingly complex. Specialized legal training is critical to effective advocacy. Learn more about the health law concentration.

Externship Opportunities

You don’t become an exceptional lawyer simply by reading. You become one by doing. By learning at the elbow of those who have come before you. One way you’ll do that at Creighton University School of Law is through externships, and a number of our externship opportunities are tied to the fields of immigration law, poverty law and health law. 

From Immigration Customs Enforcement (immigration law), to working at Legal Aid of Nebraska (poverty law), to working at CHI Health (health law), Creighton externships offer you a plethora of opportunities in public interest law (immigration and poverty law) and health law.

For More Information

Immigration Law
David Weber, JD
Professor of Law


Health Law
Kelly Dineen, RN, JD, PhD
Assistant professor, director of the Health Law Program

Poverty Law
katelyncherney [at] creighton [dot] edu (Katelyn Cherney, JD)
Special assistant professor, director of the Poverty Law Program