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 estimated fees for 2022-23:Tuition Per Credit Hour:
2022-2023 First Year JD Student Budget
|Tuition & Fees||Room & Board||Books & Supplies||Personal Expenses||Transportation||Loan Fee Unsub/Grad Plus||Total|
|Living with Parents||15,648||6,200||2,000||1,458||2,192||162/448||28,108|
|Living with Parents||36,288||6,200||2,000||1,458||2,192||162/448||48,748|
The College of Law awards scholarships for both incoming and upper-class students. All admitted students are automatically considered for scholarship and no separate application is required.
Applicants with outstandingly strong academic credentials may be awarded scholarships in varying amounts ranging from a few thousand dollars to full tuition and, in some exceptional cases, full tuition and fees. Academic credentials are not the only things considered by the scholarship committee when making awards. Additional factors include economic or educational disadvantages which were overcome by the student to obtain their undergraduate degree, academic promise, whether the student was a first-generation college student or would be a first-generation law student, past or present military service, and whether the student has a commitment to provide legal services to underserved communities after graduation from law school. Scholarships are awarded to enhance the diversity of perspectives in the entering class. Thus, students are welcome to include an optional diversity statement with their application, if applicable.
Students not awarded scholarship prior to their first year at Nebraska Law are able to apply for Schmid Honors Scholarships prior to their second and/or third years of law school. Factors considered by the Scholarship Committee when awarding Schmid Honors Scholarships include, but are not limited to, academic excellence, leadership and involvement, volunteer experience, ability to work well with others, and professionalism.
Schmid Family CASNR Scholarships
The Schmid Family Scholarships are for students and/or graduates of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). These awards provide full tuition and fees scholarships to CASNR students admitted to Nebraska Law’s 3+3 or traditional JD program for legal studies at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
For additional information about the scholarship, please contact the College of Law Admissions Office.
Scholarship Renewal and Retention
Since the 2016-2017 academic year, scholarships awarded to entering students have been renewable for the second and third years of law school provided the student remains in good academic standing. Good academic standing at the University of Nebraska College of Law is a 4 (“C”) average based on the College of Law’s 9.0 scale (see below).
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.
*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.
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.