Marc W. Pearce

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Administration

103B LAW UNL 68583-0902
(402)472-2161 | Email


  • Ph.D. - Social Psychology, 2008, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • J.D., with Distinction, 1999, University of Nebraska College of Law
  • M.A., 1999, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • B.A., magna cum laude, 1995, Southwestern University


Marc Pearce is a 1999 graduate of the College of Law. He also earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2008. Prior to joining the College of Law's Administrative Team in 2014, Dr. Pearce served as law clerk to the Honorable Warren K. Urbom, Senior United States District Court Judge, for nearly fourteen years. 

Dr. Pearce also served as an adjunct instructor (legal writing) at the College of Law for four years, and he has several years of experience teaching undergraduate psychology and litigation courses at the University of Nebraska and other institutions.

Dr. Pearce maintains a close affiliation with the University of Nebraska Department of Psychology, and he is engaged in a number of psycholegal research projects with colleagues around the country.  He is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, the Lincoln Bar Association, the Legal Writing Institute, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.

First Year Skills Course

This voluntary course is open to all first year law students. There are no tuition or registration requirements, and the course is not offered for credit. The course is designed to develop students' outlining and note taking skills, test the effectiveness of their study habits, and provide opportunities to practice and assess essay writing skills such as issue spotting, rule synthesis, legal analysis, and organization.


  • Are "Extreme Consumption Games" Drinking Games? Sometimes It's a Matter of Perspective, 39 American J. of Drug & Alcohol Abuse 275 (2013) (with Zamboanga, Kenney, Ham, Woods, Bosari)

  • When HIPAA and FERPA Apply to University Training Clinics, 51 Training & Education in Professional Psychol. 48 (2011) (with Wise, King, Miller)

  • Nondrinking Adolescents' Intentions to Drink as Adults: This Might Be an Indication of Following Rules, 49 J. of Adolescent Health 108 (2011) (with Zamboanga, Ham, Van Tyne, Pole)

  • Civilly Committing Criminals: An Analysis of the Expressive Function of Nebraska's "Dangerous Sex Offender" Commitment Procedure, 85 Neb. L. Rev. 575 (2007)

  • Dangerousness, Risk Assessment, & Capital Sentencing, 10 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 471 (2004) (with Claussen-Schulz, Schopp)

  • Expert Testimony & Professional Judgment: Psychological Expertise & Commitment as a Sexual Predator After Hendricks, 5 Psychol. Pub. Pol'y & L. 120 (1999) (with Schopp, Scalora)

  • Expert Testimony & Sexual Predator Statutes After Hendricks, 6 Expert Evid. 1 (1998) (with Schopp, Scalora)

Book Chapters

  • Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony, in Trial Consulting: A Psychological Handbook 137 (Wiener & Bornstein eds., 2011)

  • Judge Gossett's Nebraska Evidence Handbook (2010) (with Gossett) (updated annually) 

Magazine Articles

  • An Exotic Case of Practicing Psychology Without a License, APA Monitor, December 2013, at 26

  • Are Clinicians Responsible for Clients' Self-inflicted Injuries?, APA Monitor, July/August 2013, at 26

  • Insanity in the State of Idaho, APA Monitor, February 2013, at 28 (with Butts)

  • Suspect Identifications and Due Process, APA Monitor, October 2012, at 26 (with Wise & Holfeld)

  • The End of Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions?, APA Monitor, July/August 2012, at 22

  • The Banning of Alcoholic Energy Drinks, APA Monitor, February 2012, at 28 (with Zamboanga & Van Tyne)

  • The Defense of Marriage Act and Equal Protection Rights, APA Monitor, July 2011, at 26 (with Ingrams)

  • Working with Child Clients: Who's Really the Boss?, Nebraska Lawyer, May 2011, at 13 (with Korslund)

  • Mandatory Cheers for an Accused Rapist?, APA Monitor, February 2011, at 20 (with Keller)

  • Can Jurors' Religious Biases Affect Verdicts in Criminal Trials?, APA Monitor, July/August 2010, at 26 (with Schwartz)

  • Can the Government Civilly Commit Sex Offenders?, APA Monitor, January 2010, at 32 (with Skovran)

  • Is a Jury of Six Functionally Equivalent to a Jury of Twelve?, APA Monitor, July/August 2009, at 32 (with Wingrove)

Reserach Areas

  • The effectiveness of law student learning and study strategies

  • Alcohol/substance abuse among young adults

  • The psychology of legal decision-making