Although the College of Law does not operate a night program, the College of Law does admit students as part-time students. The part-time option is for students who have a hardship that would prevent them from attending law school on a full time basis. Examples of hardship include medical, family, or disability issues. Part-time status may also be granted to current employees of the University of Nebraska whose job performance will be enhanced by a law degree. Part-time students may take up to six years to complete the requirements for the Juris Doctor degree, and will take classes within the same class schedule as full-time students.
A student who wishes to be considered for part-time status should comply with the application requirements for the full-time J.D. program and submit a statement with the application for admission indicating the reasons why part-time status is being requested. The Admissions Committee will make the final decisions as to admission and part-time status.
- A student who is admitted as a part-time student shall complete the required first-year curriculum within two academic years. First-year courses are not available during the summer. The Associate Dean of Students must approve the scheduling of first-year courses by part-time students.
- A part-time student must complete the required first-year curriculum before taking any upper level courses.
- A part-time student is subject to the same upper level course requirements as a full-time student.
- Part-time students may take up to six years to complete the requirements for the Juris Doctor degree, and will take classes within the same class schedule as full-time students.
Ineligibility to Continue
A student who is granted part-time status shall not be eligible to continue as a student at the College of Law if, at the completion of the required first-year curriculum, the student’s grade point average is less than 4.00 on Nebraska Law’s 9.0 grading scale. (A 4.0 GPA on the 9.0 scale equates to a “C” average.)