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2013 -2014 V IE W B O O K
From the Dean Welcome to the University of Nebraska College of Law! We are thrilled you are interested in pursuing your legal education at Nebraska Law. While here, you will be trained to be an effective lawyer in a modern practice and to be a difference maker in the lives of your clients and in your community. You will interact with faculty and students from across the state, country, and world and become part of our close-knit environment. And you’ll benefit from Nebraska Law’s many distinctions, including: A strong sense of community
Engagement with the legal profession
The University of Nebraska College of Law is a small law school with a student population of just over 400. You will know most of your fellow students here. Your classes are small and allow you to get to know many of the faculty – and they will know you. Located in the state’s capital, Lincoln is a growing city of 258,000 people that is in the midst of a dramatic revitalization and offers an immense variety of entertainment options.
Outstanding faculty Most of our graduates say that the best teacher they have ever had anywhere, anytime, was one of their professors here. You will experience a variety of teaching styles and personalities, but a uniform commitment to excellence. The faculty are also intensely involved in critiquing and shaping the law. Their scholarship places them in the mainstream of national discussions about many subjects ranging from torts to international trade, from gender equity to tax law, from human rights to criminal law, and from environmental law to psychology and law.
A blending of theory and practice Our nationally recognized clinical programs give students the opportunity to apply theories they have learned to complications of actual cases, while providing an important service to the community. Beyond the clinical programs, our curriculum allows you to develop the skills you need to practice law through courses such as client counseling, negotiations, business planning, appellate advocacy, mediation, trial advocacy and others.
Because of our location in the state capital, law students have easy access to the Legislature, administrative agencies, courts and practicing lawyers. Real trials and administrative hearings are conducted in the Welpton Courtroom; the Nebraska Supreme Court and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments at the College; and judges and practicing lawyers are frequent teachers and lecturers at Nebraska Law.
State-of-the-art facilities Nebraska Law recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation of its facility. We installed new technology in all of the classrooms, built a reading room that is comfortable and full of light, and updated our library and student areas. The entire project was funded by our supportive and dedicated alumni.
A tradition of leadership Nebraska Law grooms students to be leaders in their own communities, statewide and nationally. Our graduates are leading members of the Bar, judges, governors, senators, and entrepreneurs. Your education here will open a world of opportunities. What you make of those opportunities is up to you.
Nebraska Law continues to grow and change as we expand our programs, grow our faculty and adapt our curriculum to the changing needs of the profession. I hope you will consider applying and finding out for yourself about the excellent education, and opportunities, that we have to offer. DEAN SUSAN POSER
First Year At Nebraska Law, you will pursue your individual interests while developing a firm foundation in legal analysis, research and writing. That foundation is built during the first year of law school. After completing the required first-year curriculum, you are relatively free to decide your course of study. First-Year Curriculum: Build Your Legal Foundation During the first year, you will learn a whole new way of thinking about and analyzing problems. Classes are taught in two sections of 70 students. Within the sections of 70, students are assigned to small groups of about 25 students. You will have all of your firstyear classes, with the exception of the Foundational Legal Skills section, with your small group. These small groups foster study partners, lifelong professional relationships and personal friendships. Nebraska Law’s professors generally teach using the case method, which involves an interactive dialogue between students and their instructors. Your professors will also use problem-oriented approaches, practical skills and computer-assisted instruction to supplement the case method.
International Perspectives: Increasing Your Global Competency Nebraska Law is the first Big Ten law school to require an international law course during the first year because of the increasingly connected world in which our graduates will practice. This course will help you situate your study of traditional first-year courses in an international context and to prepare for legal practice in a global legal environment. You will develop an understanding of how to handle the inevitable treaty and foreign law issues that can arise in the practice of virtually every area of law.
Harold W. Kauffman Foundational Legal Skills Program: Develop Your Writing, Research, and Professional Skills Legal research and writing is central to Nebraska Law’s mission and curriculum. In the Foundational Legal Skills Program (FLS), students work in small groups and learn the fundamentals of manual and computerized legal research, legal analysis, legal writing and oral argument through preparation of memoranda of law, an appellate brief and an appellate argument. Students receive this crucial training from dedicated instructors who provide one-on-one feedback and guidance. In addition to research and writing, FLS includes a professionalism component designed to introduce you to the concept of ethics.
Academic Resource Program: Develop Tools for Success Nebraska Law provides an Academic Resource Program to assist first-year students in developing and improving certain fundamental skills such as note-taking, briefing cases, legal analysis, outlining and writing examinations. The program provides a series of lectures, a weekly skills class and the opportunity for academic counseling. 2
FIRST YEAR COURSES
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Personalize Your Legal Education Nebraska Law offers many ways in which students can focus their legal education on particular areas of interest. Whether you pursue a joint degree or complete a program of concentrated study, there are a wide variety of ways in which you can specialize your legal education. Programs of Concentrated Study Students who seek a particular academic focus have a variety of programs of concentrated study available. A student who successfully completes one of these programs receives a certificate of recognition upon graduation and a notation on his or her College of Law transcript. Specified curriculums have been established for the following concentrations: Business Transactions, Intellectual Property, Litigation Skills, and Solo/Small Firm Practice. Students also have the flexibility to work with a faculty member to create a custom Individualized Program of Concentrated Study (IPCS). Coursework has been specified by faculty members for IPCS that they routinely sponsor: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Constitutional Law, Entertainment & Media Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Health Law, International Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, and Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law.
Joint Degree Programs Nebraska Law currently offers eight joint degree programs in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and with other departments of the University of Nebraskaâ€“Lincoln. Students interested in any of these joint degree programs must apply for admission to and be accepted by both the College of Law and the other graduate college or institution. Students must decide to pursue a dual-degree no later than halfway through their legal education. The eight joint degree programs are: Law & Masters of Business Administration (JD-MBA) Law & Masters of Professional Accountancy (JD-MPA) Law & Community and Regional Planning (JD-MCRP) Law & Gerontology (JD-MA) Law & Journalism (JD-MA) Law & Political Science (JD-MA) Law & Psychology (JD-MA and JD-PhD) Law & Public Health (JD-MPH)
International Study Students who have a desire to study law outside of the United States have a variety of opportunities to do so. The College of Law partners with other American law schools to co-sponsor a summer study abroad program in Cambridge. Students can also seek out other programs for individual travel and study with other ABAaccredited law schools. The locations that are available to students for international study opportunities are virtually limitless.
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Upperclass Curriculum Nebraska Law offers a diverse upperclass curriculum, designed to provide you with the intellectual and practical skills necessary to meet the challenges of a legal career. All upperclass students are required to take Constitutional Law I, Legal Profession, a seminar, and one professional skills course.
Selected Upperclass Courses The upperclass curriculum includes a wide variety of courses that allow you to pursue individual interests and develop practical skills while continuing to build a strong foundation in legal theory. This listing is a sampling of the upperclass course offerings. A complete listing is found at http://law.unl.edu/curriculum.
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