About Creighton School of Law

There's no place like Creighton University School of Law.

Creighton University School of Law was founded in 1904, not just to prepare lawyers but to develop leaders. To provide a powerful education, based on a solid mission statement and rooted in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. We believe in the Jesuit idea of educating the whole person, of empowering our graduates to find their place in the world, so that they contribute to the greater good. Through leadership. Through service. Throughout their life.

Enrollment

The total enrollment for the 2018-2019 academic year is 294.

Location

Creighton School of Law is located in Omaha, Nebraska, on the Western bank of the Missouri River. Originally called the “Gateway to the West,” Omaha is now a communications hub for the nation. Living in Omaha provides unbelievable opportunities for Creighton students to engage in life-changing externships, launch careers and experience culture, recreation and entertainment. And getting here is easy.

Accreditation

The Creighton University School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association. For more information, contact: The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654, 312.988.6738, legaled [at] americanbar [dot] org.

Dean for School of Law, Joshua Fershee, JD

Dean’s Biography

Joshua Fershee, JD, became the 11th dean of the Creighton University School of Law on July 1, 2019. Fershee previously served as associate dean for faculty research and development, professor of law, and director of LLM programs at West Virginia University College of Law.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in social science from Michigan State University in 1995, Fershee began his career in public relations and media outreach before attending the Tulane University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2003 and serving as editor in chief of the Tulane Law Review. He worked in private practice at the firms of Davis Polk & Wardell in New York and Hogan & Hartson, LLP, in Washington, D.C., before joining the legal academy.

Fershee joined the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2007, and later served as associate dean for academic affairs and research. He was awarded the North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award in 2010 for significant contributions in teaching, research, and service. Fershee began his teaching as a visiting assistant professor at Penn State Law.

While at West Virginia University, Fershee facilitated creation of the law school’s first LL.M. Program in Energy and Sustainable Development and was a co-investigator on a $1.2 million grant to advance science and engineering for localized gas utilization. He also headed the Economic and Community Development Group and was a faculty researcher in the Center for Innovation in Gas Research and Utilization, a multidisciplinary center housed in West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Fershee was awarded the 2014-15 Outstanding Faculty Award by the West Virginia Law Review at West Virginia University College of Law.

Fershee’s research has appeared in a variety of journals, including the Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Business Law Review Online, William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, and the Energy Law Journal, and he recently contributed a book chapter published by Oxford University Press. He is the author of Energy Law, A Context and Practice Casebook (Carolina Academic Press) and co-author of Unincorporated Business Entities (LexisNexis, 5th ed.). Fershee is also an editor of the Business Law Prof Blog.