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Certificate in Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice

Loyola Law’s Certificate in Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice develops professional practice skills by emphasizing experiential learning in the core academic courses and by requiring two semesters of immigration clinic.  Students who earn the certificate have completed coursework that provides a foundation for practice in the areas of immigration law, asylum and refugee law, and citizenship and naturalization law.

This certificate program furthers the law school’s core mission of working for social justice and enables students who are committed to public interest work to have their commitment and work honored at graduation by earning the certificate.  The program strives to meet the need for immigration expertise in the local, state and national community.

Certificate program students include Mary Kate Richardson, Class of 2018, selected as one of 25 Immigrant Justice Corps Fellows this year, who will be working with the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Legal Services (RAICES) Family Detention program after she graduates; Allison Sickle, Class of 2018, selected to serve a two year clerkship with the New Orleans Immigration Court; Maria Deguzman, Class of 2016, US Navy JAG Corps; and Kaitlin Locascio, Class of 2016, Catholic Charities Immigration Services New Orleans.

For more information, please contact:

M. Isabel Medina

Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law





2018-19 Immigration and Citizenship Law Film Series

            “No Mas Bebes”

            “The Chinese Exclusion Act”

Certificate students who work for an immigrant defense non-profit during the summer are eligible for College of Law summer stipends.  Students interested in applying for the grants should contact Diana Mercer in Career Services by early spring of the year in which the student seeks financial support for summer public interest work.  Students are encouraged to apply to immigrant defense nonprofits in their home state or city, but should check with Career Services to make sure that the placement is consistent with College of Law funding requirements.  

The Office of Skills and Experiential Learning

The Jesuit Social Research Institute



Certificate Requirements
Enrichment Opportunities

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