The faculty of the College of Law care about students, on both an academic and a personal level. Each incoming student is assigned a faculty advisor who is more than willing to answer any questions the student may have about law school, course selections, career goals or whatever. First year students meet their faculty advisors during orientation in August.
The College of Law provides an Academic Resource Program for first year students to assist them in developing and improving certain fundamental skills such as note-taking, briefing cases, legal analysis, outlining and writing examinations. The program provides a series of lectures and the opportunity for individual academic counseling for all students. The program also provides a weekly skills class which is open to all students.
The Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity sponsors a voluntary program that matches each first year student with a second or third year student who can help answer the questions that a first year student often has and who can be a source of moral support, friendship and advice throughout the year.
Applications are sent to incoming students with the registration materials in June. Interested students are matched with upper-class students in July, and receive the names of their Big Brother or Big Sister in August. Applications are also accepted at any other time. The program is optional, free and does not require fraternity membership.
The College of Law welcomes students with disabilities and actively seeks to provide assistance and to make reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. The University of Nebraska has a variety of programs that assure students with disabilities access to, and fair treatment in, employment and education. All of the College's facilities are fully accessible to students with disabilities. The College works with the University Services for Students with Disabilities Office to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified students.
The College of Law provides academic and career counseling for its students. In addition, the administration and faculty are concerned with the welfare of the student body and often provide informal financial aid counseling as well. The Associate Dean of Students provides assistance with academic problems, leaves of absence, emergency student loans and other problems that may arise during law school.
The College recognizes that the first year can be a stressful time, and, therefore, periodically presents programs designed to help students recognize the symptoms of stress in both themselves and others and to develop strategies to cope with stress.
For persons who require professional assistance, Counseling and Psychological Services at the University Health Center (402/472-7450) maintains a full range of psychological and psychiatric counseling services available to all University students.
University Health Center
The University and the community provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities. University tennis courts are located adjacent to the College of Law and a gymnasium is within walking distance. Law students often enter teams in University-wide intramural competitions in a variety of sports, and informal competitions between law students and faculty are common. The College of Law sponsors an annual Sports Day in the fall for students, faculty and staff. Activities include a 5K run/walk, basketball, tennis and bowling.
The University Office of Campus Recreation offers 70 different intramural activities for men and women, and organizes other tours and events involving rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, skin diving, canoeing and bicycling.
Campus Recreation also provides facilities for jogging, swimming, lifting weights, playing basketball, volleyball, racquetball, indoor climbing, ice-skating and tennis.
Lincoln is known for its numerous city parks, golf courses, bike trails and swimming pools.