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University of Nebraska College of Law

We pride ourselves on being a great public law school with a national and international influence. We train lawyers to be the difference in the lives of their clients and in their communities. The faculty and students at Nebraska Law come from around the state, country, and world to interact in a close-knit community that offers a wide ranging curriculum and a variety of practical learning opportunities. The broad-based curriculum includes courses and programs in international law, agricultural and water law, and intellectual property. The faculty consists of many leading scholars in their fields, including international law, space law, environmental law, labor law, tax law, juvenile law, human rights, pension law, employment law, and constitutional law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 389
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.31 - 3.83
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.11%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 94.1%
In State Tuition $14,363
Out of State Tuition $31,044

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About University of Nebraska College of Law

We pride ourselves on being a great public law school with a national and international influence. We train lawyers to be the difference in the lives of their clients and in their communities. The faculty and students at Nebraska Law come from around the state, country, and world to interact in a close-knit community that offers a wide ranging curriculum and a variety of practical learning opportunities. The broad-based curriculum includes courses and programs in international law, agricultural and water law, and intellectual property. The faculty consists of many leading scholars in their fields, including international law, space law, environmental law, labor law, tax law, juvenile law, human rights, pension law, employment law, and constitutional law.

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The University of Nebraska College of Law offers a high-quality education at an unbeatable price. With costs and tuition totaling far less than comparable schools, one student incredulously declares, “Where else can you get a top-rate legal education for that cheap?” Students say that Nebraska offers a first-rate education with a “brilliant and very approachable” faculty and staff. “Not only are the professors walking through the library, talking to the students and answering questions, but the staff throughout the college is amazing.”The administration, faculty, and research staff undoubtedly serve as the law school’s greatest assets. One student remarks, “Honestly, I don’t think that one could find a better school administration or research librarians. They always meet you with a helpful smile,” and are willing to do all that they can to assist students. Another notes, “The faculty and staff at Nebraska Law care about the success of each student,” and help “student[s] find their place within the law.” According to many, professors are “extremely engaging” and “are able to connect the subject matter to practical experience and real-life cases, which makes class more interesting.”Students warn, “The first year is extremely demanding, especially spring semester [since most of] our classes are a year long and most of the tests in the spring are cumula­tive,” though two semester long courses will replace yearlong courses beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year. While April and May in the first year might be “almost unbear­able,” one seasoned 3L reassures us, “During my three years at UNL, most of my classes have been very interesting. Some of them have changed my life and outlook on the world.” Students rave about Nebraska’s prosecutorial clinic, as it is one of the few of its kind amongst an array of defense clinics. One student emphatically declares it “the best class that I took at UNL. Another student is of the opinion that though “there are a lot of classes in varying subjects, [the law school] is lacking in public interest/pro bono–type classes or topics for students wanting a different type of experience,” though the school’s Pro Bono Initiative has helped ameliorate matters, including an Immigration Clinic where students would with low-income clients.Students are divided when it comes to the subject of employment after graduation. One student expresses an appreciation for “how UNL is trying to branch out and help students land jobs outside of Nebraska.” Another argues that while “The school is great for finding jobs for students with higher grades that want to stay in Nebraska,” “There is not enough emphasis on employment after law school if a student wants to work in public interest.” One 3L would like “employers more involved in recruiting for clerk­ships,” but in the same breath concedes that “most [students] were able to get clerkships if they wanted them as a 2L.”“It’s great having brand new classrooms and facilities, as well as complete access to technology anywhere in the building.” The almost fully renovated classrooms are “extremely comfortable” and “all have wireless access and plugs for laptops.” Overall, students seem content with the refurbished facilities and as one satisfied 1L affirms, “After six years on the East Coast, the beautiful library and outstanding professors made returning to the Midwest an easy decision.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 122

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:

Lawyers
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

Law & Masters of Business Administration (JD/MBA, 4 years); Law & Masters of Professional Accountancy (JD/MPA, 4 years); Law & Psychology (JD/MA, 4 years; or JD/PhD, 6 years); Law & Community & Regional Planning (JD/MRCP, 4 years); Law & Journalism (JD/MA, 4 years); Law & Political Science (JD/MA, 4 years); Law and Gerontology (JD/MA, 4 years); Law & Public Health (JD/MPH, 4 years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental
  • Intellectual Property
  • Human Rights

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 64
Full-Time Faculty 31
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 22
Faculty Gender 65% Male
34% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 59% Male
41% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 93%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $14,363 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,310 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $28,673 $14,363

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $31,044 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,310 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $45,354 $31,044

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Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Nebraska College of Law's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Total 155 - 161

University of Nebraska College of Law's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.31 - 3.83
Total 3.31 - 3.83

Admission Considerations

Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 79%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 94%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 26 22%
Firm Sized 11-25 14 12%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 12%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 5%
Business Industry 26 22%
Government 14 12%
Public Interest 10 9%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 3 3%
Academia 4 3%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 10 8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
UT 3%
CA 3%
NE 72%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Nebraska College of Law include:

  • William Jay Riley - Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Clayton Yeutter - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
  • Lee Rankin - U.S. Solicitor General
  • Michael Hevican - Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court
  • Connie Collingsworth - General Counsel and Secretary for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Ben Nelson - U.S. Senator and former Governor of Nebraska
  • Harvey Perlman - Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ted Sorensen - Special Counsel to President John F. Kennedy

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