Overview

Applicants
690
Acceptance Rate
66%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.63
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
129

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
153 - 159

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$50

CAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
77

36.84
Female
3.9
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The University of Nebraska College of Law offers a high-quality education at an unbeatable price. With costs and tuition totaling far less than comparable schools, one student incredulously declares, “Where else can you get a top-rate legal education for that cheap?” Students say that Nebraska offers a first-rate education with a “brilliant and very approachable” faculty and staff. “Not only are the professors walking through the library, talking to the students and answering questions, but the staff throughout the college is amazing.”
The administration, faculty, and research staff undoubtedly serve as the law school’s greatest assets. One student remarks, “Honestly, I don’t think that one could find a better school administration or research librarians. They always meet you with a helpful smile,” and are willing to do all that they can to assist students. Another notes, “The faculty and staff at Nebraska Law care about the success of each student,” and help “student[s] find their place within the law.” According to many, professors are “extremely engaging” and “are able to connect the subject matter to practical experience and real-life cases, which makes class more interesting.”
Students warn, “The first year is extremely demanding,” but one seasoned 3L reassures us, “During my three years at UNL, most of my classes have been very interesting. Some of them have changed my life and outlook on the world.” Students rave about Nebraska’s prosecutorial clinic, as it is one of the few of its kind amongst an array of defense clinics. One student emphatically declares it “the best class that I took at UNL. Another student is of the opinion that though “there are a lot of classes in varying subjects, [the law school] is lacking in public interest/pro bono–type classes or topics for students wanting a different type of experience,” though the school’s Pro Bono Initiative has helped ameliorate matters, including an Immigration Clinic where students work with low-income clients.
Students are divided when it comes to the subject of employment after graduation. One student expresses an appreciation for “how UNL is trying to branch out and help students land jobs outside of Nebraska.” Another argues that while “the school is great for finding jobs for students with higher grades that want to stay in Nebraska,” “there is not enough emphasis on employment after law school if a student wants to work in public interest.” One 3L would like “employers more involved in recruiting for clerkships,” but in the same breath concedes that “most [students] were able to get clerkships if they wanted them as a 2L.”
“It’s great having brand new classrooms and facilities, as well as complete access to technology anywhere in the building.” The almost fully renovated classrooms are “extremely comfortable” and “all have wireless access and plugs for laptops.” Overall, students seem content with the refurbished facilities and as one satisfied 1L affirms, “After six years on the East Coast, the beautiful library and outstanding professors made returning to the Midwest an easy decision.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
96%
Median Starting Salary
$70,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
93%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
60%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
72

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Very Small Law Firms - 2-10 attorneys, Small Law Firms - 11-25 attorneys, State and Local Government

Graduates Employed by Area

52%
Private Practice
12%
Business/Industry
12%
Government
12%
Public Interes
6%
Judicial Clerkships

Graduates Employed by Region

92%
MidWest
12%
Mountain
4%
South
3%
Pacific
2%
South West
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Prominent Alumni

Ted Sorensen
Special Counsel to President John F. Kennedy

Clayton Yeutter
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Lee Rankin
U.S. Solicitor General

Connie Collingsworth
Chief Business Operations Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Laurie Smith Camp
Chief United States District Judge of the District of Nebraska

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$31,947

% Students Receiving Some Aid
96%

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$12,180
Out-Of-State Tuition
$32,820
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$13,000
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$13,000
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,000
Fees
$3,402

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
398

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
5
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
38%
% International
1%

Demographics

8.90%
% Under-represented Minorities

99% are full time
1% are part time
48% female
52% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“UNL recruits some very intelligent and exceptionally talented students,” and students agree, “The law school does a really good job of creating community among the students.” Specifically, the small class size creates a “close-knit group mentality” and particularly helpful is the practice of scheduling first years “so they have at least one class with most of the students” in their cohort. One reassured student remarks from experience, “I know that if I need any help, albeit from a librarian, administrator, faculty member, or fellow law student, that I will receive it.”
There is no shortage of social opportunities at Nebraska. “People take the initiative to organize mixers and activities to help people get to know one another and to keep law school stress at bay as much as possible.” The SBA, Women’s Law Caucus and American Constitution Society and the law fraternities routinely host speakers, discussion panels and philanthropic events. Academic groups like Moot Court and Client Counseling also bring students together in social-academic environments that don’t revolve around the bar scene. The bottom line remains clear as expressed in one student’s words, “students aren’t just classmates—we’re friends.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Tracy Warren
Assistant Dean of Admissions

Address
PO Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902

Phone
402-472-8333

Email
lawadm@unl.edu


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