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University of Nebraska
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National Jurist Names Nebraska Law #4 Best Value
The National Jurist magazine released its annual "Best Value Law Schools" list in its October 2013 edition, ranking Nebraska Law #4 in that list. The rankings take into account the percentage of graduates who pass the bar examination, the percentage of graduates who find employment, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation. "The College of Law has a consistent history of providing an excellent legal education at an affordable cost. This value provides our graduates with great flexibility in their career choices," said Dean Susan Poser. "We are thrilled to again be recognized for providing this value."
Reasons to Attend Nebraska Law
Spend Less Money
At Nebraska, we don’t want you to pay an insane amount of money each year to pursue your legal education. And we don’t think you should graduate with so much debt that you can’t pursue the career path you want. That’s why we remain committed to providing a low cost, high quality legal education. Our first year tuition and fees are approximately $14,000 for resident students and $31,000 for non-resident students. In addition to a low overall cost of attendance, the city of Lincoln provides affordable housing and reasonable prices on groceries, gas, and other necessities. We encourage you to sit down and compare Nebraska Law to other schools. We think you’ll be hard pressed to find an option that provides the quality education at a better price.
Get More For Your Money
Value isn’t just about numbers, and we encourage you to check out the academic offerings that make Nebraska Law a great value. Our students receive a top quality education from outstanding faculty while also taking advantage of our numerous academic opportunities including Programs of Concentrated Study, four clinics, and an established externship program. Not only do a high percentage of our graduates (over 90% of the class of 2012) pass the bar exam the first time they take it, they go on to have successful careers in government, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and many other areas. For all these reasons the National Jurist Magazine recently ranked Nebraska Law as the #4 Best Value Law School in the country.
We're Nationally Recognized
Nebraska Law is consistently ranked as a top tier law school by U.S. News & World Report in their annual law school rankings. In the Spring of 2012, U.S. News placed Nebraska College of Law at #8 on its list of the Top Ten Schools Leading to the Least Law School Debt. We are also nationally recognized in other areas – we have the premier Law and Psychology program in the nation and the only Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program in the country, just to name a few of our accolades.
First Year Curriculum For Today's Needs
Most law schools across the country have a standard first-year curriculum – which includes Torts, Property, Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Legal Writing. At Nebraska Law, this standard curriculum was expanded to better suit the needs of our students and prepare them for the future. All first-year students take International Perspectives in addition to the standard courses. International Perspectives provides students with an introduction to international law that prepares them to be able to identify and deal with international law issues that they will inevitably encounter as our society becomes increasingly more global. Additionally, we believe it is important for all students to begin thinking about their professional careers from the moment they start law school. Thus, classes in professionalism, career planning, and ethics were added to the first year legal writing course, known as Foundational Legal Skills.
Do What You Want To Do
Interested in Intellectual Property? Specialize in it through our Intellectual Property Law Program of Concentrated Study. Think you might want to be a tax attorney? Create an Individual Program of Concentrated Study focused on Corporate Tax Law. Are you eager to start your own practice? Complete our Solo and Small Law Firm Program of Concentrated Study. At Nebraska Law, we encourage you to concentrate in an area of the law you’re interested in through either an established or individualized Program of Concentrated Study. Our faculty members work with you to create a sequence of course work that provides the maximum exposure to issues and concepts within that area of the law, providing you with marketable experience to employers when you seek employment. Don’t know what you want to do? That’s ok, too. Our course offerings allow our students to get a broad education in a variety of areas without specializing in something specific.
Learn from the Best
Our faculty members are renowned scholars, many of them recognized as the best in their fields. Professor Burkstrand-Reid is a contributor to the Huffington Post, Professor Sheppard and Professor Bradford recently testified before Congress, and Professor Moberly is a nationally recognized scholar and presenter on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and whistleblowing. Professor Gardner wrote the book on Criminal Law – literally – and so did Professor Medill for Property. If you take their Property or Criminal Law classes, you learn directly from their nationally recognized casebooks in those areas. When you have a question, who better to ask than the author? These are just representations of all the prestigious accomplishments of the Nebraska Law faculty. To learn more about this learned group, click here.
Join a Group of Amazing Students
We’ll brag about our students any day – they do amazing things both in and out of the classroom. This past spring, two third year students won the ABA National Client Counseling Competition and went on to compete at the International Competition in Dublin, Ireland. One 3L each semester earns the opportunity to represent Nebraska Law at a semester long externship with the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. that is exclusive to our students. This past summer, a 3L student helped coach his local baseball team to the American Legion World Series while clerking in the legal department at Union Pacific Railroad. Last summer, we had students who did public interest work in places such as San Francisco and New York City. What do you want to do while here? Where do you want to go? The opportunities are endless.
Don't just read. DO.
We want Nebraska Law students to be as prepared as possible to immediately contribute to their employment setting when they graduate. To ensure this happens, many of our courses incorporate practical skills including drafting and negotiating into the curriculum. We believe students shouldn’t just read and discuss prenuptial agreements – they should negotiate and draft one! In our advanced Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses, students conduct numerous trials, write multiple briefs, and practice and give oral arguments throughout the semester. Students also have the opportunity to gain skills through externships that are available. Our faculty believes the best way to prepare you for life after graduation is to give you the skills you’ll need and to help you develop them now.
When You Do - Do It For Real.
Once you’re ready, we want you to practice law. That’s why many third year students participate in one of Nebraska Law’s four clinics: civil, criminal, immigration, and entrepreneurship. Students are the attorneys handling real clients and real cases, supervised by faculty attorneys. Those who take clinical courses graduate having done divorce work, bankruptcies, criminal prosecutions, immigration status cases, and much more. Students have actual courtroom experience, with some students even having the opportunity to argue before the Nebraska Supreme Court.
End as Well as You Started
Just as students start their legal education off with innovative 1L curriculum, they end their experience at Nebraska Law in the right way by being fully prepared to take the bar exam. How do we know they are well prepared? Ask our 2012 graduates taking the exam for the first time in 2012 - they had a 90.68% bar passage rate on over 17 states’ bar exams. Our 2011 graduates taking the bar exam for the first time had an 88% pass rate, and our 2010 graduates taking the bar exam for the first time had a 100% pass rate on the Nebraska bar exam and a 96% pass rate overall. Simply put, your ability to practice law is determined by one exam. At Nebraska, you can be confident that you’ve received an education that has prepared you to succeed on the bar exam and for many years after in your professional career.
A Comfortable Learning Environment
Through the generous support of our alumni, Nebraska Law is housed in a completely renovated facility. Ross McCollum hall is the main building which features an auditorium that seats 250 which is used for all-school lectures and to hold appellate arguments for the Nebraska Supreme Court and/or the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals once each semester. In addition to the auditorium, McCollum Hall is home to seminar rooms and comfortable classrooms equipped with the state-of-the-art technology. This technology allows guest speakers from all over the country to lend their knowledge to classes. The Marvin & Virginia Schmid Law Library is a hub for the College. No matter your study style, the library can meet your needs whether you need complete silence or a group study room.
Enjoy Life Outside of School
The College of Law is one of the colleges that comprise the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a major research institution with a student population of approximately 25,000. The City of Lincoln has a population of more than 260,000, and is routinely ranked on “Best Of” lists gauging quality of life. Whether you are a sports fan or into the music scene, Lincoln offers it and thus offers you an enjoyable experience outside of the College.
Access to Employers
Not only is Lincoln a fun, vibrant city, it’s also the state capital – which means access to numerous employers including federal, state and local government, private firms, businesses, and non-profits. Omaha, another major business center, is a short 45 minute drive. Approximately 15% of our student body lives and works in Omaha and commutes to Lincoln for class.
You Will Know Those Around You
We’re small, in a good way. Our first-year entering classes are typically about 140 students. With such a small number, you get to know your classmates well which means that upon graduation, you have a built in network of colleagues. Professors know students names and have an open door policy to encourage interaction with students.
Learn Outside the Classroom
We foster an incredible learning environment outside of the classroom. The Law College is a frequent host to nationally known speakers. Faculty members also give STIR talks throughout the semester. STIR is the College’s own version of TED and provides faculty with the opportunity to share their research agendas with students in casual and fun environment. In addition to hosting a wide-variety of speakers, the College has numerous student groups. These groups provide students with the opportunity to engage with like-minded people and bring programming and social events to the College.
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