The 2018 first-year law class is already taking shape. During the second and final Accepted Students Day on April 7, 32 students and their guests were welcomed by Creighton University School of Law faculty, staff and student ambassadors. The day’s agenda included breakfast and lunch, a variety of informational sessions, a lecture and a campus tour.
To date, more than 850 applicants have applied for 110 seats in the fall class. Professor Michael Kelly, a member of the faculty admissions committee, told the day’s guests that they were part of a diverse and very select group.
“Looking at the stats of this group reveals that Creighton has become a school of national prominence,” Kelly said. “You represent a wide variety of undergraduate institutions: from smaller schools like Chadron State, Concordia, Adams State, Providence, Truman State, John Carroll, West Texas, Wisconsin-Whitewater and Creighton to much larger universities like Utah, Bowling Green, Mississippi, Miami, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Arizona State, Loyola and the University of Nebraska campuses at Kearney, Omaha and Lincoln.”
Next year’s fall class also sees students with degrees in the typical pre-law concentrations such as political science, history and business, as well as atypical concentrations such as secondary education, mathematics, industrial management, sociology and international studies.
And not all of next year’s first-year law students are coming directly from their undergraduate institutions, Kelly said.
“[Among those] included here today are a Bible study teacher, an actor in a Panera Bread commercial, a violinist who also sings mariachi, a Chamber of Commerce intern in China, a graduate of Creighton’s study abroad program in Paris and a technology solutions specialist,” Kelly said.
Kelly also told the students what they can expect from the culture at Creighton. “We are a Jesuit, Catholic institution. It doesn’t mean that the Pope shows up at your graduation, but it means that Creighton adheres to the same tradition of Jesuit education that other schools follow – this is the philosophy of cura personalis – Latin for ‘care of the whole person.’
“It also means that we’re here for you. The law school faculty do not hold office hours. We have an open-door policy. You are welcome to come visit us, ask questions, test theories, or just chat,” Kelly added. “We can achieve this because Creighton decided to be a small law school – with only 297 law students. Consequently, you are not a number to us; you are a person. We know who you are. Because of that, you will get much more direct attention from your professors than you would at a larger state school – whether you want it or not.”