Juris Doctor Application Requirements
Applicants must have completed all requirements for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before they begin their first year of study in the College of Law. There are no required undergraduate courses or majors as a prerequisite to admission.
All states assess the character and fitness of applicants for admission to the bar. Applicants who believe past conduct might affect their admission to the bar in a state in which they intend to practice should contact the appropriate board of bar examiners. A directory of state bar examiners can be found here.
Applicants must register for Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Registering for the CAS should be done prior to application. Once a prospective student applies for admission and completes all necessary components of the CAS, the University of Nebraska College of Law will request an applicant’s law school report from LSAC. This report will include an applicant’s LSAT scores, summary of academic work, copies of all postsecondary transcripts, and letters of recommendation.
JD Application Materials
J.D. Application Overview
- Nebraska Law is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted until the incoming class has been filled.
- The Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis and recommends applying as early in the process as possible.
- The University of Nebraska College of Law does not participate in a binding Early Action/Early Decision program.
The personal statement is the applicant's opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee why he or she wants to study law and set forth any information that would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating the application. The University of Nebraska College of Law does not conduct face-to-face interviews; therefore, the personal statement is the applicant's best opportunity to convey information that he or she might discuss in an interview. We recommend your personal statement be two to three pages in length and double spaced.
Official LSAT scores are part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and will be included in the applicant's law school report.
All candidates must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In order to meet the March 1 application deadline, candidates must take the test no later than the February administration. The College of Law will look at all LSAT scores included in the law school report including the average score. If the applicant has a higher score the second time and a reason to discount the first score, the Admissions Committee may place more emphasis on the higher score.
The American Bar Association has granted law schools permission to admit a certain percentage of applicants without Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores. Students who meet the qualifications below MAY qualify:
- Is a recent (within the last 12 months) graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Scored in the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT exam
- Ranked in the top 10% of their undergraduate class through 6 semesters OR achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through 6 semesters of academic work
- Have not taken the LSAT
NOTE: Students applying under the LSAT Waiver rule will need to take the LSAT should they wish to apply to another law school or transfer to another law school later.
Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions will be sent to LSAC as part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Copies of these transcripts will be included in the applicant's law school report.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation should be submitted online through the CAS Letter of Recommendation Service. This service is included as part of the applicant's Credential Assembly Service fee through LSAC. Letters submitted using this service will be included in the applicant's Law School Report sent to the College of Law. The College of Law recommends you obtain at least two letters of recommendation to submit with your application. Up to four letters of recommendation will be accepted. Recommendation letters are most helpful when they come from professors or employers who can discuss the applicant's analytical abilities, writing skills, interpersonal skills, character, sense of responsibility and judgment.
Under federal law, students enrolled in an institution of postsecondary education have a right to review letter of recommendation submitted on their behalf and maintained by the institution. Applicants may waive their right to access to letters of recommendation, but are not required to do so. The waiver of right of access is included on the CAS Letter of Recommendation Form.
The $50 fee must be paid online at the time of application using a credit card.
Applicants seeking an application fee waiver should contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com.
In making admission decisions, the Admissions Committee attempts to identify as best it can those applicants who have the ability to compete successfully in a rigorous academic environment, to contribute to a diverse intellectual community, and to engage successfully in the career of their choice in an increasingly diverse society. Because these characteristics are not always captured by an applicant’s LSAT score or overall grade point average, the Committee considers any upward or downward trend in the applicant’s academic performance over time, the quality of the applicant’s undergraduate institution, the applicant’s major and activities, letters of recommendation, personal statement, educational or economic disadvantages the applicant has overcome to obtain an undergraduate education, status as the first generation in a family to graduate from college or university or attend law school, commitment of future service to underserved communities, and any other information other than race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin supplied by the applicant.
Neither the Committee nor the College seeks to obtain any particular number or percentage of diverse candidates, but they do seek a diverse mix of students to ensure that the College has a sufficient range of background and experience in its student body to permit a deep, broad, and vigorous intellectual environment. As this description indicates, the admissions process is flexible, no particular factor in itself determines admission or non-admission, and the Committee has sufficient discretion to consider each applicant individually on the basis of the entire file.