Corianna Kubasta grew up in the small farming community of Lidgerwood, North Dakota, and joined the North Dakota Army National Guard just a few days after graduating high school.
Kubasta spent six years as a military police officer. In 2008, she was deployed to Iraq where she spent a year patrolling the streets of Baghdad and helping to train the Iraqi police force. Seeing the inner workings of their justice system was “eye opening” and sparked her interest in pursuing a legal education.
Kubasta returned home and worked as the veteran representative at the University of North Dakota while finishing her undergraduate degree in political science. She met her future husband there. While visiting his family in Omaha, Kubasta fell in love with the city and the couple decided to move to Omaha.
“Omaha” she says, “is warm and inviting.” She found Creighton law school to be that way, too.
“The student I spoke to when I visited stressed academics, everyday student life, professional development, and fun. Even though I knew law school would be a challenge, it was refreshing to hear there are mixers and events, that students take part in intramural sports, and they still excel in coursework and on trial teams.”
Kubasta has had real-world experience, clerking at two law firms and working in the law school’s writing center. Through the Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court, she’s networked and gained an attorney mentor. She’s also been involved in a variety of student organizations, including Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and Law Ambassadors.
The law school faculty, she says, are available and helpful.
“Creighton law has an open-door policy. I’ve called professors at home to ask for help. They all have their own personality. I can talk to Professor Knoepfler about something funny my dog did, ask Professor Mangrum about an evidence question I’m researching, and chat with Dean Kelly about North Korea’s newest YouTube video.”