Samia Osman, 2L, who came to the United States as a refugee from Somalia, is passionate about human rights. Prior to enrolling in Minnesota Law, she worked as an intern for the Law School's nationally recognized James H. Binger Center for New Americans. She says that the opportunity to work on a federal immigration case with Professor Benjamin Casper Sanchez ’97, the faculty director of the center, cemented her decision to go to Minnesota Law and pursue working with immigrant communities as her legal calling. Read our Q&A with Osman.
"My dream is to go into international law with a focus on human rights and humanitarianism—a dream born from being a refugee who comes from and grew up in a world filled with corruption, conflict, and overall instability," says Osman.
Immigration Law is one of 11 areas of law in which students at Minnesota Law can choose to concentrate their studies. The nationally renowned James H. Binger Center for New Americans has four clinics specializing in different aspects of immigration law. Students involved in these clinics have had the opportunity to represent immigrants before federal court judges, argue cases before U.S. Courts of Appeals, and even participate in U.S. Supreme Court cases that have had major impacts on immigration law and policy. In addition, Minnesota Law consistently ranks among the best law schools in the nation in the area of human rights.