School of Law Fact Sheet

Fast Facts

Established
1904

Dean

Joshua Fershée, JD

Enrollment
313

Faculty

27 full-time professors

29 adjunct faculty members
(2018-2019 academic year; adjunct faculty are prosecutors, public defenders and other practicing attorneys)

About the School of Law

Students in the School of Law come from many places

  • In 2019-2020, Creighton law students come from 36 states and 155 undergraduate schools
  • 26% are students of color

And they find exceptional opportunities at Creighton

  • Students can earn a JD degree in two, three or four years
  • A constitutional law seminar offered every other year allows face-to-face discussion with a U.S. Supreme Court justice
  • Earn 2 degrees in 3 years: JD/MS in Government Organization and Leadership (GOAL), includes externship with government agency in Washington, D.C.; JD plus MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, from Graduate School’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department
  • Our joint JD/MBA with the Heider College of Business is another popular option that can be completed in 3 years
  • Our summer program, “From Nuremberg to the Hague,” lets law students study international criminal law, war crimes, and the Holocaust in Germany and The Netherlands. It was named a top 5 study-abroad program by National Jurist
  • Each January, our immersion trip to the Dominican Republic lets our students reflect on life, law and poverty in a less-developed nation — a life-changing experience

When they graduate, they are in demand

  • 93.2% of 2018 graduates were employed, in graduate school or not seeking a job 10 months after graduation
  • Students accepted offers of employment in 17 states
  • 94.4% of the jobs held by our 2018 graduates required or strongly preferred a JD degree

The law school is steeped in Jesuit values

  • Creighton helps law students practice public-interest law. Each summer, the law school offers grants to 1L and 2L students who accept otherwise unpaid externships with government and nonprofit law offices
  • The Abrahams Legal Clinic gives free legal services to low-income persons, especially victims of domestic violence, and hands-on experience to our law students
  • The Creighton Immigrant and Refugee Clinic assisted clients in cooperation with the nonprofit legal organization Immigration Legal Center (formerly known as Justice for Our Neighbors)

And our more than 7,000 alumni live out Creighton’s mission of excellence
Just a few School of Law alumni who have made a difference include:

  • Michael Johanns, JD’74, former U.S. senator, U.S. secretary of agriculture, and Nebraska governor
  • Many federal district judges: Joseph Bataillon, JD’74; Donald O’Brien, JD’48; Robert Pratt, JD’72; and Lyle Strom, JD’53
  • Many Nebraska Supreme Court justices: Michael McCormack, JD’63; William Connolly, JD’63; and C. Thomas White, JD’52
  • Susan Larson Christensen, JD’91, Iowa Supreme Court justice
  • Julie Schumacher, JD’93, Iowa Appeals Court judge
  • Fredrick Bates, JD’83, Circuit Court judge, Cook County (Illinois)
  • Felecia Epps, JD’83, dean, UNT Dallas College of Law
  • Recent U.S. Attorneys: Laura Duffy, JD’93; Michael McKay, JD’76; and John McKay, JD’82