Why Choose Nebraska Law

Value

  • #2 Best Value Law School in the US by the National Jurist Magazine, September 2014
  • #8 Law School that Lead to the Least Debt by U.S. News & World Reports, spring 2012
  • Average student debt load upon graduation is $63,435 -  more than $12,000 less than the national average for grads of public law schools and more than $60,000 less than the national average for grads of private law schools

Quality

  • Ranked #54 out of 193 institutions in U.S. News & World Reports, 2014
  • 11:1 Faculty to Student Ratio 
  • 86% Nebraska Bar Passage rate, 2014
  • Our Academic Skills Program helps 1L students master necessary skills for success in class
  • A beautifully renovated building with state of the art technology in the classrooms, courtroom, and library

Innovation

  • An Entrepreneurship Clinic allows 3L students to work with start up businesses and entrepreneurs on a variety of transactional legal issues
  • The first and only Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program of its kind in the US
  • The only law school in the Big Ten to require an international Law class in the first year
Dean Susan Poser

Welcome to the University of Nebraska College of Law

Established in 1891, the College of Law is one of the academic and professional colleges at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We offer an excellent and broad-based education from nationally recognized teachers and scholars, with expertise in a wide variety of subjects. Lincoln, Nebraska, is a fun college town, the state capital, and a city of nearly 260,000 people that boasts museums, music venues of all sorts, sports, and some of the best and most extensive bike trails in the country for a city of its size.

Significantly, because of state support and a history of good planning, we have been able to maintain reasonable tuition for resident and nonresident students. Nebraska Law students graduate with some of the lowest law school debt in the country, which means they can follow their dreams and goals as lawyers, rather than having to focus their careers on how best to service their debt. Finally, because we are a relatively small law school, with approximately 420 students in residence, Nebraska Law offers students a close-knit, supportive community and faculty who maintain an open door policy.

The faculty and students at Nebraska Law come from around the country and the world. Our students can take advantage of a broad-based curriculum that includes courses and programs in international law, agricultural and water law, and intellectual property. The faculty consists of many leading scholars in their fields, including international law, space law, environmental law, labor law, tax law, juvenile law, human rights, pension law, employment law, and constitutional law.

Lincoln is the state capital of Nebraska, which creates many opportunities for students to work in the legislature, administrative agencies, prosecutors’ offices, and courts. Students have the opportunity to present oral arguments before the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Nebraska Court of Appeals. In addition, the entire student body has the opportunity to observe trials and hearings conducted at the Law College by the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judges and practicing lawyers are frequent teachers and lecturers at the Law College.

Our extremely supportive alumni frequently interact with our students as teachers and mentors. They have also helped us create one of the best and most modern law schools in the country. We recently completed a renovation of the entire building and now have a wonderful facility with high-tech classrooms, a beautiful library, and many comfortable places to study.

Again, welcome to the University of Nebraska College of Law. I encourage you to explore this website and learn more about all of the exciting and interesting things going on at Nebraska Law. Please take a look, and contact us with any questions or comments.

Susan Poser Dean and Richard & Catherine Schmoker Professor
University of Nebraska College of Law