Nebraska Law’s curriculum offers students a traditional foundation in legal analysis and reasoning and a wide range of elective upper-level courses that include hands-on practical experience through clinics and externships. The first-year curriculum provides full-year courses in Civil Procedure, Property, and Contracts and semester-long courses in Torts and Criminal Law, and Perspectives in International Law. In addition to this strong core curriculum, first-year students immerse themselves in Legal Research and Writing, a course that focuses on professionalism, career planning, and ethics in addition to legal research and writing.
The upper-level curriculum offers a broad array of choices for students as they begin to explore future careers. Students can concentrate in a specialty area, such as litigation skills, business law, solo and small firm practice, intellectual property, space law, environmental law, and so forth. Any student can create an individualized program of study supervised by a professor. Many students also get real-world experience by participating in a clinic or doing an externship. Nebraska Law offers clinics in civil practice, criminal practice, immigration practice, and as advisors to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. In these clinics, students represent real clients under the supervision of a professor.