For students who wish to pursue a path that intersects with immigration law, poverty law and health law, Creighton provides a number of compelling offerings and resident expertise. Read on for more information, and apply today.
Consistent with the Jesuit Order’s call to action, the Creighton Immigrant and Refugee Clinic opened its doors in the fall of 2017. Operated in collaboration with the Immigrant Legal Center (formerly known as Justice for Our Neighbors), the clinic allows law students to represent clients, under attorney supervision, who are seeking legal assistance with their immigration or refugee status under U.S. federal law. Not only does this unique opportunity cement the School of Law’s already strong relationship with the local community and create a new, dynamic partnership, but it also develops students’ essential lawyering skills, including case management, client counseling, advocacy and drafting.
Students work through issues such as requests for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, work authorizations, naturalizations and/or appellate advocacy on a wide range of immigration-related issues. Moreover, there may be unique opportunities for collaboration between Creighton’s law clinics in cases such as those involving special immigrant juvenile status, where state court orders of guardianship or custody are required. Learn more about the clinic.
Heaney Family Service and Justice Law Program
Creighton expanded its curriculum in spring 2017 by adding a poverty law survey course and a civil law poverty externship. The course, made possible by a gift from the Heaney Family Fund, offers two credit hours as an upper-level elective. The poverty law survey course will enroll 10 students in the spring 2018 semester. Students enrolled in the course are awarded a scholarship to cover half of its cost. In addition to the poverty law survey course, the program also sponsors financial aid support for students participating in externships with nonprofit organizations like Nebraska Legal Aid. Read more about one law student’s work with the poverty law program.
A future goal of this program is to encourage all Creighton law students to render pro bono legal services to people of limited means.
Health Law Certificate
Law students demonstrating their readiness to practice in the complex world of health law can earn a certificate 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 certificate.
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
David Weber, JD
Professor of Law
Kelly Dineen, RN, JD, PhD
Assistant professor, director of the Health Law Program
katelyncherney [at] creighton [dot] edu (Katelyn Cherney, JD)
Special assistant professor, director of the Poverty Law Program