The College of Law at University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Kirk Kluver
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at University of Nebraska--Lincoln

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 48.5% – High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.51
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 48.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-159
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.33-3.79
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.51
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./Economics J.D./Political Science
J.D./M.P.A. J.D./M.C.R.P.
J.D./Psychology J.D. / Acct
J.D./M.B.A. J.D. / Journalism
J.D./EdAdmin J.D. / Individualized / History
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Strong interdisciplinary programs, including renowned Law & Psychology and new Law & Gerontology. Concentrations in litigation, business, intellectual property, solo & small firm practice, space, cyber & telecom and most substantive areas. Practice-oriented experiences in civil, criminal & immigration clinics, externships & pro bono. Summer program at Cambridge University.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 86
Seminars 10
Positions available in seminars 122
Positions available in simulation courses 454
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 56
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Many student organizations with civic, academic & social activities: Law Review, Law Review blog and Moot Court Board. The Moot Court Team and the Client Counseling teams often go to nationals and Client Counseling won nationals and international tournaments in 2009. Other competitions include trial team, animal law team, mediation team, arbitration team & space law moot court.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 70
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 37
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 122
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 445
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 55
Full-time students involved in field placements 25
Full-time students involved in law journals 31
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 72
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 48

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 12.9:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 55
Full-time minority faculty 11.1%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 65
Total faculty (men) 63.1%
Total faculty (women) 36.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 4.6%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#89 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#81 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 44
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.33-3.79
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.51
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 153-159
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157
Acceptance rate 48.5% – High
Student-faculty ratio 12.9:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 57.4% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.1% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 98.4% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NE
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.8%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 393

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 392

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 1

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 9.0%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.5%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 4.2%
Female students discontinuing law school 2.6%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Kirk Kluver
Financial aid phone (402) 472-8333
Financial aid application deadline May 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $13,887 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $29,966 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $8,796
Books $1,378
Miscellaneous expenses $3,684
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 26.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 15.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 10.2%
Median grant amount $8,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$12,934
Full-time students receiving grants 51.3%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $0
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $0–$0
Part-time students receiving grants 0.0%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $52,396
Proportion who borrowed 89.2%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 83,295
Microform titles 16,371
Electronic titles 28,359
Other non-book titles 776
Total titles 128,801
Volumes (excluding microforms) 254,068
Volume equivalent microforms 179,623
Total volumes and volume equivalents 433,691
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 109
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 55
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 54
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 90
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 55
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 35
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 5

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 1
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 1
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 64,330
Total seats available for library users 372
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The recently remodeled Schmid Law Library features a dramatic new Reading Room, twelve study rooms and three seminar rooms. With comfortable seating for nearly 375 and a collection of over 400,000, it is the largest law library in the state and one of the largest in the region. The staff boasts over 70 years of combined experience and provides outstanding service to faculty, students, and the bar.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NE
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 98.4% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 122
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 57.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 12.3%
Graduates whose employment status is known 87.7%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 57.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 26.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 81.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 4.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $40,000
Median private sector starting salary $52,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $74,500
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 55%
Median public service starting salary $47,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 17.2%
Percent employed in government 15.2%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 7.1%
Percent employed in law firms 54.5%
Percent employed in public interest 2.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 79%
Graduates employed out-of-state 20.5%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 14
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 83.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 7.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Career Services helps students explore opportunities and market themselves effectively. Through extensive programming, students learn about legal & alternative careers, such as business, politics, education & health care. Spring break job shadowing around the country is also encouraged. One-on-one counseling, online seminars, and strong alumni connections support student success in job placement.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 73.7%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 94.5%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 9.1%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 10.1%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 80.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 6.1%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 83.3%

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