#1 Best Value Law School


For two years in a row, Nebraska Law has been named the #1 Best Value Law School in the U.S. by the National Jurist and preLaw Magazine. Best value is not based solely on a school’s affordability. Rather, Nebraska Law earned this #1 ranking because of our low tuition rates and cost of living, strong bar passage rates, our success in placing our students in JD-required or JD-preferred positions, and the low level of law school debt our students have when they graduate. A full breakdown of Nebraska Law’s numbers and the methodology used by the magazines is available in this preLaw Magazine article: http://go.unl.edu/bestvalue

The data used for the Best Value ranking is based on statistics and information from the prior academic years. Since that time, many of the figures have changed. The most up-to-date figures are as follows:

  • 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees: $15,035.75 (Resident); $34,192.25 (Non-Resident)
  • 2016-2017 Cost of Living: $16,424
  • Class of 2016 Bar Passage Rate – First-Time Nebraska Takers: 93%
  • Class of 2015 Graduates in JD required or preferred positions: 88%
  • Class of 2016 Average Student Debt Upon Graduation: $62,888

"I'll be able to come out with less debt than my peers. What that allows me to do, is really go out and explore different opportunities."

-Daniel Gutman, Class of 2016

In addition to the #1 Best Value ranking, there are many other rankings and reasons students consider Nebraska Law. 
  • Lowest In-State Tuition of All Top 100 Law Schools
  • #4 Lowest Law School Debt (U.S. News & World Report, 2016)
  • Only Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program in the Country
  • 10:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
  • International Law in the First Year
  • #14 Best Law School Facility (preLaw Magazine, 2014) 
  • 4th Lowest State-Wide Unemployment Rate in the Country
  • #6 Best Place for Business and Careers (Forbes.com, 2014)
  • Top 10 College Town (Livability.com, 2015)
  • #4 Best Up-and-Coming Towns for College Grads (CBS News, 2014)
  • #3 Best Places to Visit in the U.S. in 2017 (Lonely Planet, 2016)

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