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Certificate in Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice

Loyola Law’s Certificate in Immigration and Citizenship Law and Practice aims to produce competent and ready-to-practice graduates in the area of immigration. This certificate, however, requires a considerable commitment of time to developing professional practice skills by requiring two semesters of immigration clinic. Moreover, the certificate program is responsive to the increasing importance of immigration and citizenship law as a specialized area of law that intersects other areas of law, including criminal and family law. The certificate is to be awarded to students at graduation who have completed coursework that provides a foundation for practice in the areas of immigration, asylum and refugee, citizenship and naturalization law practice.

There is a strong need and demand for immigration expertise in the local, state and national community.  Much of this demand reflects persons who are indigent, may be detained and not able to pay market rates for legal representation.  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 receiving the certificate. 

In addition, the certificate program works to enhance the professionalism and competence of immigration practitioners in the local and national communities by requiring actual substantive and practice expertise.

For more information, please contact:

M. Isabel Medina

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



M. Isabel Medina, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law

María Pabón, Professor of Law

Hiroko Kusada, Clinical Professor

Kathleen Gasparian, Adjunct Professor



The Jesuit Social Research Institute
Gillis Long Poverty Law Center
The Office of Skills and Experiential Learning



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