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					LAW SCHOOL PROFILE                                                                                                               1. 800. 973.1177




University of Nebraska College of Law
[by Carina Zaragoza]
Enjoy the advantages of a big city with the friendliness of a small town in Lincoln, home of the University of Nebraska College of Law. This college offers a
broad and diverse curriculum and the benefits that come with small classes. So read on.




Founded more than 100 years ago, the                the employment rate was 94% six months               to Los Angeles. These alumni are a close-
University of Nebraska College of Law was           after graduation. The employment rate was            knit group with strong ties to the school and
one of the first law schools in the country to      as high as 99% in 2002. A degree from the            each other. The Alumni Council promotes
be accredited by the American Bar Associa-          University of Nebraska College of Law opens          monthly events that offer alumni networking
tion. The college has a rich and impressive         many doors.                                          opportunities and, more important, a chance
history. The first dean, Manoah B. Reese, was                                                            to catch up and reminisce about old times.
a former justice of the Nebraska Supreme            The University of Nebraska College of Law            Alumni continue the feeling of camaraderie
Court. One of the early deans, Roscoe Pound,        consists of many student organizations.              they encountered as law students.
later became dean at Harvard Law School.            These organizations and activities provide
Subsequent deans continually raised the bar         students with an opportunity to become more          The University of Nebraska College of Law
for admission and requirements to earn the          involved in the college and the community,           offers the traditional Juris Doctor (J.D.) de-
degree. A history of high standards and a           to promote common goals, to share com-               gree. Instruction is given by the case method,
distinguished administration set the standard       mon experiences, and sometimes just to               which involves interactive dialogue between
for the excellent legal education the college       kick back, relax, and enjoy their free time.         students and their instructors and serves as
provides its students. However, there is still      Organizations such as the American Trial             the foundation of legal education at the col-
much room for flexibility and diversity within      Lawyers’ Association and the Nebraska As-            lege. The goal is to explore the relationship
the traditional program.                            sociation of Trial Attorneys provide students        between law on the books and law in action.
                                                    with an opportunity to gain valuable insight         The college also offers a Master of Legal
The University of Nebraska College of Law           into the trial practice work of an attorney and      Studies (M.L.S.) degree. A M.L.S. is designed
understands the intense application process         learn about the court system. On the other           for individuals who are not interested in
and the skills needed to become a success-          hand, the Student Bar Association (SBA)              practicing law but who are interested in
ful law student and eventually a successful         coordinates the professional, social, and            developing a better understanding of the law
attorney. To assist prospective students, the       extracurricular activities of the student body.      as it affects their non-legal careers or areas
college’s website features “How to Prepare          The SBA serves a variety of purposes, which          of interest. The program is jointly adminis-
for Law School.” This page is an in-depth           include representing the student body to the         tered by the College of Law and the Graduate
survey of the skills successful attorneys           faculty and administration, organizing com-          College.
need, the undergraduate courses a pro-              munity service and academic activities, and
spective student should ideally take, the           hosting family and social events at various          Aside from academic programs, the Univer-
importance of extracurricular activities, and       times throughout the year. Thus, the student         sity of Nebraska College of Law offers the
the variety of paths one can embark upon            organizations at the University of Nebraska          best in intellectual life to supplement its
with law degree in hand. For those who              College of Law foster service, education, and        curriculum. The college has participated in
are considering law school but still have           community.                                           the National Trial Competition for several
questions, the college’s “How to Prepare                                                                 years. The competition is designed to em-
for Law School” is an invaluable resource.          The University of Nebraska College of Law            phasize and promote trial skills. The college
Students who are considering the University         has nearly 8,000 alumni. Many of them are            is represented by two teams of students who
of Nebraska College of Law will be happy to         distinguished in their fields. Distinguished         present full jury trials in competition with
know that the employment rate for students          alumni include five former governors, 50             students from other law schools at regional
who graduate from the College is consis-            presidents of state bar associations, and se-        and national contests. This competition pro-
tently above the national average. Last year,       nior partners in law firms from New York City        vides an excellent opportunity for students




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to improve their litigation skills and to learn
from students at other law schools. An im-
portant aspect of an attorney’s work is client
counseling. The Client Counseling Competi-
tion fosters these skills. Working from a brief
memorandum which states the client counsel-
ing problem, the students interview the client,
evaluate the situation, and recommend ways
to deal with the problem. The College holds
local competitions, and the winners then go on
to compete nationally.


The University of Nebraska College of Law has
it all: a rich and proud history, a solid legal
curriculum, student support, and the close-
ness of a family. The beautiful Nebraska land-
scape and the excitement of Lincoln provide a
great background for a wonderful and sound
legal learning experience.




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