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Creighton University School of Law

The School of Law offers a three-year, full-time, day program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.). Students are admitted only in the Fall semester which begins in mid-August.



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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 395
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 150 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.92 - 3.5
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.14%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83.0%
Tuition $33,490



About Creighton University School of Law

The School of Law offers a three-year, full-time, day program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.). Students are admitted only in the Fall semester which begins in mid-August.


Founded in 1878, Creighton is a Jesuit-affiliated university that “will uplift you rather than scare you.” The Jesuit tradition is embodied in the School of Law’s motto: “educat­ing for service and justice.” Creighton looks to produce attorneys that are not only skilled and knowledgeable, but who work to service society at large. The school offers four areas of concentration as well as five joint-degree programs. Supreme Court Justice Thomas even co-teaches a class at Creighton on a bi-annual basis. The school has a “dedicated alumni base.” “Located in an economically strong region,” Creighton University offers students many opportunities in Omaha, “one of the best business cities in the United States.” Students rave about the “networking if you plan to stay in Omaha,” although “the Career Development Office is not optimized for students wanting to practice out­side Nebraska.” One thing that is important at any law school is the library, and Creighton students rave about the “beautiful,” “large and well-equipped” library that is replete “with plenty of available study rooms, computer labs, and private workstations.” “The resourc­es available in the library are fantastic,” and “the research librarians are always there to help with finding anything and teach you how to find it on your own.” If there is a pri­mary complaint about Creighton, it is “Cost. Cost. Cost.” “It’s quite expensive, espe­cially considering the earning potential in the rural areas of the Midwest,” a 3L explains. However, another student says that despite being on “the high end for the cost of tuition,” “most people who end up in law firms will be making anywhere from 50k to 80k.” The cost of Creighton is offset by the “awesome professors” without whom “Creighton Law wouldn’t be worth it.” These “dedicated, knowledgeable, passionate educators,” are “all well versed in law and have accomplished backgrounds.” “I love my professors!” a 3L declares. “They have very diverse viewpoints and methods of teaching, yet most of them seem very invested in our education.” The administration is also “always helpful and friendly.” “I cannot imagine needing something that the school does not already offer,” one student says. The dean of the law school is “accessible to the entire student body and sees herself as the ‘mom’ of the school.” “The education I receive is tailored to me,” a 2L says. “The practical experiences available at Creighton are unreal” at Creighton, including “trial teams [that] are competitive nationally” as well as a Negotiations team “taught by the man who wrote the book on Negotiations competi­tions—quite literally.” Students are very pleased with the school’s “open door policy” which encourages students to interact with professors one-on-one. Perhaps most impor­tantly, the professors “provide numerous opportunities to learn about and make connec­tions with potential employers in the Omaha area.” Although Creighton is not ranked as highly as many other schools, students say they “have never felt that I was at a disad­vantage or less prepared for practical law work than students from more ‘prestigious’ law schools.” One student sums his experience up thusly: “I do not know if I could say enough wonderful things about Creighton Law School and how pleased I have been with my experience here.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 128

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD/Master of Arts in International Relations; JD/Master of Science in Government and Leadership; JD/Master of Science in Information Technology Management; JD/Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. These combined degrees can each be completed in three years with summer study.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 54
Full-Time Faculty 25
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 19
Faculty Gender 68% Male
31% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 67% Male
33% Female
Student Diversity
White 86%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 4%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,490 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,400 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,890 $33,490

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$46,718 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

Creighton University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 156
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 150
LSAT Total 150 - 156

Creighton University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.92 - 3.52
Part-Time 1.54 - 3.15
Total 2.92 - 3.5

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Optional: Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 82%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 45
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $56,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 43 31%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 1%
Business Industry 29 21%
Government 25 18%
Public Interest 9 7%
Federal Clerkship 4 3%
State Clerkship 3 2%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 15 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 6%
IA 15%
NE 53%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Creighton University School of Law include:

  • Honorable Robert W. Pratt - United States District Court - Dist. of Southern Iowa
  • Walter J. Smith - Former Managing Partner, Baker Botts, L.L.P.
  • Gary Blackford - CEO of Universal Hospital Services
  • Laura Duffy - US Attorney for the Southern District of California
  • Michael O. Johanns - United States Senator and former Secretary of Agriculture

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