First year students take 18 credit hours the first semester and 15 credit hours the second semester. First year tuition and fees for a resident are $16,810.00. First year tuition and fees for a nonresident are $39,514.00.
Upperclass students take an average of 15 credit hours each semester, although full time upperclass students can take between 12 and 18 hours each semester. A total of 93 credit hours is required to graduate.
For information on non-JD program tuition and fees for Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law programs please visit the program's Prospective Student page.
The following schedule shows the tuition and fees for 2020-21:Tuition Per Credit Hour:
2020-2021 First Year JD Student Budget
|Tuition & Fees||Room & Board||Books & Supplies||Personal Expenses||Transportation||Loan Fee Unsub/Grad Plus||Total|
|Living with Parents||16,810||6,000||2,000||1,620||1,960||152/394||28,936|
|Living with Parents||39,514||6,000||2,000||1,620||1,960||152/394||51,640|
The College of Law administers its own scholarship program for incoming and upper class students. These awards include academic scholarships and opportunity scholarships for both resident and nonresident students. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarships and no separate application is required.
Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming students with exceptionally strong academic credentials. Academic scholarships vary in amount. Academic scholarships are also generally awarded to upper class students who rank among the top ten students in their class.
The College awards opportunity scholarships to enhance the diversity of perspective in the entering class. Factors which are considered in awarding such scholarships are financial need, economic or educational disadvantages which were overcome by the student to obtain his or her undergraduate degree, academic promise, whether the student was a first generation college student or would be a first generation law student; and whether student has a commitment to provide legal services to underserved communities after graduation from law school.
The conditional scholarship program at the University of Nebraska College of Law was elimiated beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year. Academic scholarships awarded to entering students are renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the student remains in good academic standing.
|Students Matriculating in||# Entering Students w/ Conditional* Scholarships||# Students whose Conditional Scholarships were reduced or eliminated|
|2016-2017 Academic Year||0||2|
|2015-2016 Academic Year||57||15|
|2014-2015 Academic Year||60||11|
*A “conditional scholarship is any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.” ABA Rule 509-4. Grades at the University of Nebraska College of Law are based on a 9 point scale as follows:
Good academic standing at the College of Law is a 4 (“C”) average. The upper 50% in the first year class is usually between a 5.8 and 6 average.
In order to apply for any financial aid other than an academic scholarship, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal financial aid school code for the University of Nebraska is 002565. Your FAFSA form should be filed after January 1, as soon as your prior year tax return is complete. You should file your FAFSA form with Federal Student Aid Programs on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. You need your student financial aid PIN number to file on-line. The PIN number can be requested at www.pin.ed.gov. You will receive a response in 2-3 working days if you supply an e-mail address when you apply for your PIN. The PIN number then replaces the need for a written signature. All admitted students are sent a more detailed financial aid handout with the letter of admission. It provides additional information about the FAFSA and the University financial aid processing system.
Because the amount of scholarship money is limited, the primary sources of financial aid are the two types of federally sponsored student loan programs available to law students: Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Grad/PLUS Loans. The amount that a student can borrow under the Federal Stafford Loan program is tied to the individual student’s financial need, which is calculated pursuant to a standardized formula. The total amount of financial aid – scholarships and loans – cannot exceed the estimate of student expenses for the academic year. All law students are considered independent, and parental income and assets will not be considered in calculating a student’s financial need. Some types of financial aid available to undergraduate students are not available to law students. Those include National Merit Scholarships, PACE Grants, Pell Grants, State Student Incentive Grants (SSIG), and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG).
Working While Attending Law School
First-year students spend enormous amounts of time reading for class, preparing for class, outlining, studying, researching, writing, and reviewing. Thus, the College of Law strongly discourages first year students from working. During the second and third years of law school, however, many Nebraska Law students will work part time. Nebraska Law follows the ABA guidelines in recommending that full-time second and third year law students should not work more than 20 hours per week.
The Board of Regents has outlined the requirements for a student to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes. Residency for tuition purposes may differ from residency for voting or other purposes. Click here for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Residency Policy. The Law College non-resident tuition is lower than many schools, and a number of nonresident scholarships are offered to students.