Law (Juris Doctor)

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A Juris Doctor degree (JD) from Creighton School of Law offers you a purposeful education established on academic excellence, social justice and personal growth.

At Creighton, caring professors who have earned outstanding reputations will mentor you. You’ll learn in small classes where individual attention is paramount. You’ll have facilities that inspire learning, such as our exceptional law library and benefit from externships and life-changing career opportunities.

Beyond practicing law or serving as a judicial clerk, students who complete a legal degree from Creighton University gain experiences that develop their analytical ability, commercial insight and mental strength. Law school is challenging. But in exchange for your hard work, you gain the ability to visualize, articulate and solve complex issues that applies to all sorts of situations. You will graduate from Creighton School of Law better able to organize your thoughts and present them in a compelling manner.

Accelerated JD Program (AJD)

Accelerated JD Program, Creighton University School of LawYou can earn your law degree in two years instead of three through the Accelerated JD Program (AJD) at Creighton University School of Law. Our program is tailored for busy adult learners and recent college graduates who want to start right away on their law degree. Learn more.

Part Time JD Program

Part Time JD Program, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, NEThe Part-Time JD Program through Creighton University School of Law will take you to full-time success. You’ll attend classes with full-time students, but take a course load that fits your busy life. Learn more.

Outcomes

Your legal education will lead you to find your place in the world and discover what is uniquely yours to do. As a law student at Creighton, you will learn

  • How to analyze and solve legal problems
  • Critical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Sound practical judgment
  • Tools, techniques and skills necessary to practice law successfully and ethically
  • Insight into how the law operates in the real world
  • Ignatian values, including personal and professional formation and seeking justice

Specializations

By choosing a JD certificate, you’ll set yourself apart in the competitive job market. At the end of your studies, you’ll do a substantial project, which might involve writing a paper, participating on a trial team, working in our legal clinics or participating on moot court.

Choose from:

Business, Commercial and Tax Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Family Law
Health Law
International and Comparative Law
Litigation

Curriculum

After completing your first year at Creighton University School of Law you’re required to earn 57 additional hours to graduate. To achieve that, you must take an average of 15 hours in each of your last four semesters. To reduce that number, you can take summer courses. If you would like to take more than 17 hours—or fewer than 10 hours—in any semester you’ll need to receive permission from Associate Dean David Weber

Credit hours are awarded based on a minimum of 700 minutes of instruction per credit hour.

Second-year Curriculum

Fall Semester
Law 205 Legal Research and Writing III (2 credits)
Other Required and Elective Courses (8-15)

required second-year courses

(students may take these courses in either semester)

Law 203 Professional Responsibility (3)

Law 335 Business Associations (4)

Law 341 Criminal Procedure (3)

Law 355 Evidence (3)

Law 457 Trusts and Estates I (3/4)

Law 429 Commercial Law (3)

Third YEar Curriculum

Fall semester

spring semester

Required and Electives Courses (10-17)

Required and Elective Courses (10-17)

Professional Skills Requirement
See details below

 

Credit Hours

A student must complete 89 credit hours to graduate. That means an average of 14-15 credit hours each semester after completing your required first-year curriculum. The number of credit hours is listed above in parenthesis for each class.

Externships

Externships offer Creighton law students the opportunity to earn credit for unpaid work in the public sector. You’ll earn at least three credit hours and be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Our list of available externships is extensive. They are in the offices of county attorneys, city attorneys, public defenders, judges, nonprofit hospitals, universities and other nonprofits. They’re on campus—and across the state, the country and even the world. Some require senior certification; and some have course prerequisites.

Student Organizations

  • Participating in student organizations is a great way to expand your legal education. Many groups will give you an opportunity to see the law in practice by introducing you to attorneys, judges and local advocates who are passionate and involved in the same areas as you. And you don’t have to limit yourself to just one interest, Creighton School of Law has more than 35 student organizations for you to participate in.

Research Opportunities

Through the Creighton Law Review and the Creighton International and Comparative Law Journal (CICLJ), the Creighton University School of Law informs, educates and serves the legal community while also providing important opportunities for students who want to refine their research, writing and critical-thinking skills by creating well-researched articles.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to Creighton School must apply online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or fill out the Paper Application (see “Procedures”) on the School of Law site.

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each semester.

To help pay for your education, Creighton School of Law can help you secure financial aid, including merit-based scholarships, and federal student loans, such as the Stafford and Grad-Plus loans.

Creighton makes publicly available all required information for consumers.

Professional Skills Requirement

Professional Skills Requirement

For students who enrolled prior to Summer 2016, you are required to complete a Professional Skills Course during either your second or third year. Students may choose from the list of courses posted on the website to satisfy this requirement. For students who enrolled in Summer 2016 or thereafter, you are required to complete during either your second or third year six credits of experiential learning drawn from any combination of externships, legal clinic, or other classes on the Professional Skills Course List. 

Professional Skills Courses

Students who matriculated prior to Summer 2016 need to complete one course from the courses listed below. Students who matriculated as of Summer 2016 or thereafter need to complete six credit hours from the courses listed below.

Enrollment in an Externship (LAW 400) or the Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic (LAW 388) or the Immigration and Refugee Clinic (LAW 374), any of which will earn students one classroom credit and three non-classroom credit hours, can be used toward satisfying this requirement.

The following courses qualify as experiential learning classes and can be used toward satisfying the Professional Skills Requirement for graduation:

  • LAW 312 Advanced Legal Writing and Drafting (2/3)
  • LAW 308 Advanced Trial Practice (3)
  • LAW 310 Alternative Dispute Resolution (2)
  • LAW 486 Appellate Litigation (2-3)
  • LAW 301 Arbitration/Trial Law Theory (1) 
  • LAW 434 Commercial Contract Drafting (3) 
  • LAW 328 Client Interviewing and Legal Counseling (3)
  • LAW 441 Cross Examination Skills (3)
  • LAW 345 Defense of Criminal Cases (2)
  • LAW 353 Estate Planning (2)
  • LAW 400 Externship (1 classroom credit and 3 non-classroom credits)
  • LAW 358 Family Law Practice (3)
  • LAW 372 International Business Contracting (3)
  • LAW 374 Immigration and Refugee Clinic (4) 
  • LAW 394 Legal Interviewing, Negotiation, and Counseling (3)
  • LAW 404 Mediation Process (4)
  • LAW 388 Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic (1 classroom credit and 3 non-classroom credits)
  • LAW 410 Negotiation (3)
  • LAW 418 Prosecution of Criminal Cases (2)
  • Participation in interschool competitions listed in Academic Rule 6.7(b) for which there is a significant classroom component (2 hours minimum)
  • LAW 431 Scientific Evidence (3)
  • LAW 435 Selected Research Topics (2 credit minimum. Requires approval of the academic dean)  
  • LAW 455 Trial Practice (3)
  • LAW 446 Trial Team (3) 

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