Pro Bono and Public Interest Initiatives

Work Toward A More Just World

Pro Bono Initiative Public Interest
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Pro bono and public interest law are core to Nebraska Law’s mission of advancing justice. Our culture of pro bono service means there are a variety of opportunities that allow students to make an impact before finishing law school.

Working Toward a More Just World

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Miranda Cannon, '23, is passionate about helping others find the resources to defend their rights. Learn more about Cannon.

Preparing Students to Become Leaders

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Mauricio Murga Rios, '21 receives Immigrant Justice Legal Corps fellowship Learn more about Murga Rios.

Pro Bono Initiative

Along with the privileges of being a lawyer come responsibilities, one of which includes a lawyer’s pro bono obligation to provide legal services and access to justice to those in need. Nebraska Law students are encouraged to participate in impactful local and national pro bono projects while in law school.

“It’s a great feeling to know that you’re making someone’s life just a little bit easier through your legal services and advocacy. And you’re directly serving your community as well.”

Tessa L.
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Tenant Assistance Project

Students provide free legal representation to those facing eviction through the Tenant Assistance Project. Volunteers provide resources for rental assistance, negotiate with landlords and represent tenants in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

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Pro Bono Research Assistance Program

Work alongside private attorneys on pro bono research via our fellowship program. Students may specialize in their interest areas on a variety of projects lasting from a matter of hours to months-long assignments.

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Public Interest

Nebraska Law is recognized as a leader in public interest law. Students interested in public interest work will find support, including financial assistance and a community of like-minded peers.

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Nebraska Public Interest Law Fund

This fund provides financial assistance to students participating in summer positions in the public interest sphere. Interested students may apply for stipends, which are available on a rolling basis.

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JDs Advancing Justice Blog

The blog consists of posts from current students, faculty, staff and alumni, making it a robust community of public interest professionals.

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