Visiting Nebraska Law
- Are there any events for prospective students?
Prospective students are encouraged to attend one of our Preview Days. Check the Preview Days Calendar for current dates. Each Preview Day includes a presentation by a member of the admissions staff, a tour of the College of Law, and an opportunity to sit in on a class (approximately 3 hours total). The Office of Admissions is happy to accommodate prospective students who are unable to attend a Preview Day. See the information below regarding scheduling a visit.
Admitted students are also encouraged to attend Admitted Students Day in the spring and the Admitted Students Lunch in the summer. Admitted students will receive information about these events at the time of admission.
- Can I visit the College of Law?
Absolutely. The University of Nebraska College of Law welcomes visitors. All visitors are encouraged to make an appointment in advance of their visit. Visits are generally available Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please request a visit by using the online form or by calling (402) 472-8333.
Admission Deadlines, Requirements, and Statistics
- What are Nebraska Law’s admission deadlines?
Applications for the 2013-2014 academic school year are available on September 1, 2012. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2013. There is no guarantee that applications received after March 1 will be reviewed, and late applicants may be at a disadvantage. The Admissions Committee begins making decisions in December and, by March many places in the entering class have been filled.
- Does Nebraska participate in any sort of “Early Decision” program?
No, the University of Nebraska College of Law does not participate in a binding Early Decision Program. The Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis and recommends applying as early in the process as possible. September 1 is the first day applications are available for applications for the following academic year.
- What are Nebraska’s admission requirements?
For a complete application checklist, please click here. Except for those participating in the Combined 3-3 program, all applicants must have completed all requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution before they begin their first year of study at the College of Law. All applicants must also register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) at http://www.lsac.org/. There are no required undergraduate courses or majors as a prerequisite to admission.
- How do I apply?
Apply online here.
- What must my application include?
Your completed application must include a personal statement, LSAT score, academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a $50 application fee. Once a prospective student registers for the CAS, applies for admission, and completes all necessary components of the CAS, the University of Nebraska College of Law will request the applicant's law school report from LSAC.
- What factors are considered in reviewing an applicant's file?
The major factors the Admissions Committee considers are the LSAT score and the undergraduate GPA. The committee also takes into account the quality of the undergraduate institution, course of study, any upward (or downward) trend in the applicant's academic performance, graduate study, work experiences, extracurricular activities, personal statement and letters of recommendation.
- Are there minimum test or GPA requirements for admission?
No. No minimum score requirements or cut-off scores are used for the LSAT scores or GPA.
- Will other test scores be accepted in lieu of the LSAT score?
No. Applicants must register with LSAC and have LSAT test scores sent (along with other admission requirements) in order to be considered for admission. This requirement is NOT waived for international applicants or international lawyers.
- For how long is my LSAT score valid?
According to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), LSAT scores are valid for 5 years.
- Do you accept the February 2013 LSAT if I am applying for the Fall 2013 term?
Yes; however, we encourage you to submit all other application materials prior to March 1, 2013 for full consideration.
- If I take the LSAT more than once, will you take the highest score or the average of the scores?
Nebraska Law's policy is to take all LSAT scores into account when making admissions decisions.
- How do I request an application fee waiver?
Applicants with demonstrated financial need may apply for a fee waiver through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) fee waiver program. The University of Nebraska College of Law will waive the $50.00 application fee for applicants who were granted a fee waiver through LSAC. You may also request an application fee waiver by sending an email to Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I check the status of my application for admission?
The online status checker allows you to check your status at any time during the application process. After your application is received, instructions regarding the usage of this tool will be e-mailed to you. In addition to the online status, admissions letters are sent via regular mail to the mailing address provided in the application materials.
- Does the College of Law require work experience before applying for admission?
No, work experience is not required for admission. While many of our students do have work experience before coming to law school, we strive to have a diverse student population with a variety of past experiences.
- Do you have interviews for applicants?
No. An interview is not part of our admissions process and a visit with our admissions staff will have no bearing on your application or admission. Applicants are encouraged, however, to visit the College of Law so that they are able to make the best possible decision if admitted. Since there is no interview and the only information reviewed by the Committee is what is contained within your application, we do encourage you to provide any additional information you believe would assist the Committee in making its decision in your personal statement or an attachment to your application.
- What if I have something in my past about which I am concerned?
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 state’s board of bar examiners. A directory of state bar examiners can be found here.
- For international applicants, is there a minimum TOEFL score for admission?
Yes. The Nebraska College of Law requires a minimum score of 100 on the internet-based TOEFL exam or a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based version of the TOEFL. Citizens of English-speaking countries (such as Great Britain or Australia) do not need to take the TOEFL exam. Earning the minimum required scores does not guarantee admission.
- Are deferrals granted if I’m accepted but want to attend a year later?
Deferrals are not routinely granted and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Admitted students should contact Tracy Warren, the Assistant Dean of Admissions (email@example.com) to request a deferral of up to one year.
- What is the profile of your last entering class?
The most recent class profile data available can be found here.
- What were the median LSAT and GPA of your first year class?
The median LSAT of the fall 2011 entering class was 157, and the median GPA was approximately 3.51. The 75th percentile LSAT was 159 and the 25th percentile LSAT was 153. The 75th percentile GPA was 3.79 and the 25th percentile GPA was 3.33.
- What is your job placement rate?
The employment rate for the University Nebraska College of Law is consistently above the national average. For the Class of 2011, 90.9% of graduates reported employment, were enrolled in a full-time degree program, or were not seeking employment. Please visit Career Services for more specific information regarding placement statistics.
- Can I contact a current student?
Transfer and Visiting Students
- How do I apply to transfer to Nebraska Law?
The transfer application is similar to the general application, with a few differences. Click here for the transfer student application.
- Are there minimum requirements for transfer admission?
No. There are no specific GPA, rank requirements or cut-off scores used in the transfer student admission process.
- How are transfer admission decisions made?
The Admissions Committee carefully analyzes the entirety of every applicant’s file. This file is sent from LSAC and includes a completed application, a personal statement and resume. An official law school transcript (and transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions) and letter of good standing from the Dean of the law school the applicant is currently attending should be sent directly from the school. A completed CAS (formerly LSDAS) file of undergraduate work and test scores will also be evaluated.
While decisions are made based on an overall assessment of all materials, the Admissions Committee is primarily concerned with an applicant’s performance during the first year of law school. The Committee will consider a variety of factors, such as work experience, career goals, extracurricular activities, ability in languages other than English, positions of leadership, community or public service, interest in interdisciplinary study, graduate school experience, racial and ethnic background, unusual life experiences, disability and economic disadvantage. The Committee also may consider factors that contribute to greater diversity in the student body.
- How many transfer students are admitted each fall?
The number of transfer students admitted each year varies.
- What is the minimum number of credits required to transfer?
Transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of one year of full-time course work at another law school.
- How many credits will transfer?
A formal evaluation of credits is completed after admission is offered. Typically, students transfer the equivalent of one year of full-time study.
- Once I transfer, how will my law school GPA be calculated?
The GPA from your current law school will not be factored into your GPA at the University of Nebraska College of Law. You will receive only the course credit for those courses you took which are accepted here. The GPA does not transfer.
- What are the scholarship opportunities for transfer students?
Scholarships are determined on a case-by-case basis, and will be based off of a transfer student’s application materials.
- Can transfer students participate in OCI?
The On Campus Interview (OCI) process is the same for transfer students. Admitted transfer students should contact our Career Services Office to participate in OCIs as would any other rising 2L or 3L student.
- How do I apply to be a visiting student?
Visiting students are students who are interested in taking courses at Nebraska Law for transfer credit to the law school from which they will be receiving their degree. In order to apply for admission as a visiting student, the applicant must be a degree applicant in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school. Contact the Admissions Office regarding visiting student application information.
Tuition, Scholarship, and Financial Aid
- What are the current tuition and fees?
A complete description of our 2012-2013 tuition and fees for both residents and nonresidents can be found here. Tuition for a Nebraska resident for the 2012-13 academic year is $339.00 per credit hour, and tuition for a non-resident is $844.50 per credit hour. University fees are $1076.00 (this includes two $20 registration fees) and Law College fees are $2,100.00 for the academic year. Total tuition (33 credit hours) and fees for 2012-13 are $14,363.00 for a resident first year student and $31,044.50 for a non-resident first year student.
- How much can I expect to pay in expenses other than tuition and fees?
For a student living off-campus, the University budget for 2012-13 includes $9,248 for room and board, $1,418 for books, and $3,814 for personal expenses.
- Do the fees include a laptop?
No, the fees do not include a laptop and a laptop is not provided for you. We do recommend having a laptop for daily classes, note taking, law school coursework, and exam taking, as well as to check your email daily. Click here for recommended laptop minimum requirements. Click here to go directly to the UNL Computer Store for laptop recommendations from the College of Law.
- Will I receive a scholarship?
Scholarships are awarded to students based off information in their application materials. Students are typically notified of scholarships at the time of admission or shortly thereafter.
- Are scholarships merit-based or need-based?
Nebraska Law has a variety of scholarships available to incoming students. While the majority of scholarships awarded are merit-based, Nebraska Law also awards some opportunity and need-based scholarships. Decisions regarding the awarding of scholarships are based on the entirety of the application.
- How do I apply for scholarships?
All admitted students are automatically reviewed for scholarship award eligibility at the time of admission. No separate application for scholarships is required.
- What are the criteria for scholarship awards?
The criteria for the scholarships vary. Awards include, but are not limited to those based on residency AND non-residency, academic qualifications, and opportunity scholarships.
- What are the criteria for academic scholarships?
Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming students with exceptionally strong academic credentials. Academic scholarships vary in amount. In addition, academic scholarships may also be awarded to upper class students who rank among the top ten students in their class.
- What are opportunity scholarships?
The College awards opportunity scholarships to enhance the diversity of perspective in the entering class. Factors which are considered in awarding such scholarships are: financial need, economic or educational disadvantages which were overcome by the student to obtain his or her undergraduate degree, academic promise, whether the student was a first generation college student or would be a first generation law student; and, whether the student has a commitment to provide legal services to under-served communities after graduation from law school. Generally, opportunity scholarships approximate resident or a portion of nonresident tuition. Opportunity scholarships are renewable.
- I’m not a resident of Nebraska. Are there any scholarships for me?
Non-resident students are considered for merit, opportunity, and need-based scholarships. Awards can range in amounts that cover a portion of non-resident tuition and fees to full tuition and fees.
- Are there any other scholarships I can apply for?
Yes, there are outside scholarships available to law students. The College of Law encourages students to seek out information in their communities regarding potential scholarship opportunities. Specifically, we encourage students to review their applications and search for scholarships that meet their ethnic, education, home area, military service, or other backgrounds.
- How do I apply for financial aid?
In order to apply for any financial aid other than an academic scholarship, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal financial aid school code for the University of Nebraska is 002565. Your FAFSA form should be filed after January 1, 2013 as soon as your 2012 tax return is complete. You should file your FAFSA form with Federal Student Aid Programs on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. You need your student financial aid PIN number to file on-line. The PIN number can be requested at http://www.pin.ed.gov. You will receive a response in 2-3 working days if you supply an e-mail address when you apply for your PIN. The PIN number then replaces the need for a written signature. All admitted students are sent a more detailed financial aid handout with the letter of admission. It provides additional information about the FAFSA and the University financial aid processing system.
- Who do I contact regarding financial aid questions?
- What are the important dates for financial aid?
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) may be submitted after January 1, 2013. Admitted students will receive an estimate of their financial aid package after their admission. Final tuition rates for the 2013-2014 academic year will be determined in July and admitted students can expect to receive notice of their final financial aid package by early August.
- How do I apply for private loans?
Before you consider a private loan, make sure you have determined your eligibility for Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Graduate PLUS Loans. After looking at the federal loans, you can consider the wide array of options for educational financing to assist you in meeting educational costs. Loan terms vary, so you will want to be a conscientious consumer.
If you decide to take out a private loan, it is important to realize that you have made a decision that will impact your life after graduation. Think about debt management strategies that might help you better manage your resources. Review repayment options. Is loan consolidation a possible solution? For more information regarding alternative loans, see the University’s quick guide here.
- Why does residency matter?
Residency determines whether a student pays in-state tuition or out-of-state tuition. It is important that students who are making plans to attend the University and who are not Nebraska residents are familiar with the effect residency policies may have on their financial preparation for attending the University.
- Am I a nonresident?
Students who did not graduate from an accredited Nebraska high school will be automatically classified as nonresidents.
- Can I apply for residency?
In certain circumstances, students may be eligible to apply for residency. Students who qualify must complete and return the Application for Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes form within the appropriate timeframe listed on the form. Click here for more information on eligibility and for the Application. The University of Nebraska College of Law follows the University of Nebraska’s residency policy exactly; however, please note that the links and information on that site for scholarships and costs are for undergraduate students and NOT law students. Please contact the Nebraska College of Law’s Admissions Office for questions regarding residency, scholarships, and costs.
- Is there any way to make out-of-state tuition more affordable?
The College of Law’s non-resident tuition is lower than many schools, and we offer academic scholarships that cover all or part of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition.
Degrees, Programs of Concentrated Study, and Curriculum
- What degree will I receive when I graduate?
Most students are enrolled in our J.D. program. We also offer several joint degree programs, as well as L.L.M. and M.L.S. degrees. See questions below for more information.
- Do you have a part-time or evening program?
No, we only offer full-time degree programs. The majority of classes are held during daytime hours.
- Do you have any joint degree programs?
Yes, we offer joint degree programs in Law and Accounting (J.D.–M.P.A.), Law and Business (J.D.–M.B.A.), Law and Community & Regional Planning (J.D.–M.C.R.P.), Law and Gerontology (J.D.–M.A.), Law and Journalism and Mass Communications (J.D.–M.A.), Law and Political Science (J.D.–M.A.), and Law and Psychology (J.D.–M.A. and J.D.–PhD), and Law and Public Health (J.D.–M.A.). Click here for more information on each particular joint degree program.
- What classes will I take my first year?
The first year curriculum is set for you. All first year students take the following foundational, building block legal courses: Civil Procedure; Contracts; Criminal Law; Foundational Legal Skills: Research, Writing, and Professionalism; International Perspectives; Property; and Torts.
- What is a Program of Concentrated Study?
A Program of Concentrated Study provides a sequence of coursework in a particular field of law for students interested in gaining a development of skills, values, and doctrines in a particular area. Currently, the College of Law has established Programs of Concentrated Study in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, and Solo and Small Law Firm Practice.
- What if I want a Program of Concentrated Study in an area not listed?
A student who wishes to seek a particular focus during their time at the College of Law may work with a faculty member who teaches in that particular area to develop an Individualized Program of Concentrated Study. The faculty member will work with the student to sequence courses for the student to gain maximum benefit and experiences for the student in that area.
- Will I be able to get any practical or clinical experience while at Nebraska?
The College of Law currently offers four in-house clinics taught by full-time resident faculty members – a Civil Clinic, Criminal Clinic, Immigration Clinic and an Entrepreneurship Clinic. Each individual clinic allows students to gain insight into the day-to-day life of an attorney in those fields. Students are eligible for the clinics once they have reached senior standing (60 credit hours). Clinic participants manage all aspects of the cases with supervision from the resident faculty members – they appear in court, participate in negotiations, meet with clients, and draft legal documents. We have even had students argue in front of the Nebraska Supreme Court as part of their clinical experience!
- What kinds of classes can upper class students take?
There are four required classes you must take as an upper class student. Those classes are Constitutional Law, Legal Profession, your choice of a seminar course, and your choice of a professional skills course. Beyond those four classes, students are free to chose their classes and make their schedules as they want it to be. The list of upper class courses is here.
- Are there any Study Abroad opportunities?
The College of Law is affiliated with a summer foreign study program at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. The study abroad program at Cambridge is a fully ABA-accredited program. Students may also seek out study abroad programs on their own; however, it must be through another ABA-approved law school or program. Most recently, students have completed legal study abroad programs in China and Ireland.
Student Life and Housing
- Do you have on-campus housing for law students?
Housing for graduate and professional students is available on both City and East Campus. The College of Law is located on East Campus. University housing for law students is available in Fedde Hall on East Campus and in Selleck Hall on City Campus. The University also offers family housing on a limited basis. On-campus housing fills up quickly, so students are encouraged to apply early. Additional information about residence hall accommodations can be obtained from the University Housing Office by telephone at (402) 472-3561 or at their web site.
- What kind of off-campus housing is available for law students?
lA wide variety of affordable off-campus housing is available throughout Lincoln, and a large number of apartments are available within walking distance of the Law College. Find off-campus housing through the Lincoln Journal Star's classified listings or Apartments for You. The Admissions Office has some information on nearby apartments and compiles a list of students looking for roommates. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
- Where can I get more information on housing in Lincoln, Nebraska?
For descriptions of the various communities and neighborhood associations surrounding the campus and throughout all of Lincoln, click here.
- I don’t know anything about Lincoln, Nebraska. What is it like?
Lincoln is the state capital and has a population of approximately 258,000. Lincoln offers many attractions including museums, art galleries, concerts, live theatre, movie theatres, restaurants, parks, golf courses, hiking and biking trails, and much more. Visit About Lincoln for more information.
- What is the average age of students at the Law School?
The average age of entering students at the Law School is 25.
- What can students do when they aren’t in class?
Organizations: The Law College is home to numerous student organizations including Nebraska Law Review, Community Legal Education Project, Delta Theta Phi law fraternity, the Innocence Project, and many others.
Athletics: The University has Campus Recreation facilities on both City and East Campuses. Law students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that Campus Rec provides including state of the art work-out facilities, swimming pools, equipment check out, exercise classes, and intramural sports. Students can also enjoy watching Division I athletics at the University. Our Division I athletes have enjoyed great success in women’s volleyball, football, gymnastics, and bowling, just to name a few. Many athletic events are free upon showing a valid student I.D.
Arts: Within minutes of campus, you’ll find art, music, and theatre opportunities. Lincoln has a growing arts community with numerous galleries, as well as the Sheldon Art Museum on campus. The Lied Center for Performing Arts has special discount pricing for University students. This season’s Lied performances include Capitol Steps, Mannheim Steamroller, CHICAGO the musical, and many others.
For an overview of life in Lincoln, student organizations, and other student opportunities, please click here.