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Nebraska Law

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


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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 Nebraska–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.


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







Student Activities While learning certainly takes place in the classroom, students at Nebraska Law have multiple opportunities to augment that learning through participation in student groups, competitions and volunteer opportunities. In addition to providing a wonderful learning experience, participation also allows Nebraska Law students to create life-long connections that are sure to continue through their professional and personal lives.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, ACTIVITIES & SERVICES Allies and Advocates for GLBT Equality Alternative Dispute Resolution Club American Bar Association –Law Student Division American Constitution Society Big Brother/Big Sister Program Black Law Students Association Christian Legal Society Community Legal Education Project Defense Research Institute Delta Theta Phi Fraternity Environmental & Agricultural Law Society Equal Justice Society The Federalist Society Health Law & Ethics International Law Student Association J. Reuben Clark Law Society Law School Democrats Multi-Cultural Legal Society Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys Nebraska Entertainment and Sports Law Association Nebraska Family Law Organization The Nebraska Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest Nebraska Law Review Nebraska Moot Court Board Phi Alpha Delta International Fraternity Republican Law Student Association Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Intellectual Property Law Association Student Bar Association St. Thomas More Society University of Nebraska Innocence Project Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Women’s Law Caucus


Members of the Class of 2015 support Team Jack and pediatric brain cancer research.

Nebraska Law Review The Nebraska Law Review is a scholarly journal that publishes articles on legal developments of local, regional, national and international significance. The Review publishes articles by leading authorities as well as by student members. Students are invited to join the Law Review on the basis of either their class rank or their performance in a writing competition.

Nebraska Moot Court Board The Nebraska Moot Court Board is composed of students selected on the basis of either their class rank or their performance in a writing competition. The Board plays an important role in the first-year moot court program, which is part of the Foundational Legal Skills course, and supervises upperclass Moot Court competitions in the fall and spring.

Client Counseling Board The Client Counseling Board supervises the College of Law’s client counseling competitions. Candidate membership status is available to all students who wish to participate. The Board’s primary duties are preparing problems for the competitions, selecting judges from the Bar and counseling professions, providing training sessions for competitors, training clients and supervising competitions.

The Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court The Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court is a group of experienced lawyers and judges that meets monthly during the academic year to assist younger lawyers and law students in improving their advocacy skills. Each year, 14 law students are selected by the College of Law to participate in the Inn. The Robert Van Pelt Inn is part of the nationwide American Inns of Court.

National Moot Court Competition The University of Nebraska has competed in the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Young Lawyers Committee of the !SSOCIATIONOFTHE"AROFTHE#ITYOF.EW9ORKSINCE%ACHYEAR APPROXIMATELYTEAMSREPRESENTINGLAWSCHOOLSENTERTHECOMPETITION Only 28 teams, the first and second place teams from each of 14 regions, advance to the National Rounds in New York City. In its initial appearance, the Nebraska team won the National Moot Court Competition. This winning tradition continues today. Twenty-seven College of Law teams have gone to the national rounds of the competition, most recently in 2006. In the last 10 years, Nebraska has advanced to the final rounds seven times. Nebraska representatives have been chosen as the outstanding individual speaker four times, and the College has received the National Best Brief Award three times.

National Trial Competition The College of Law has participated in the National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, since 1977. The College is represented by two teams of students who present full jury trials in competition with students from other law schools at regional and national contests. The Nebraska team has qualified for the national competition several times, most recently in 2007.

Client Counseling Competition The Client Counseling Competition is designed to foster the important attorney skills of interviewing and counseling. Nebraska Law holds two local competitions in the spring– one for upperclass students and one for first-year students. Winners of the upperclass competition participate in the regional Client Counseling Competition, sponsored by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association. Nebraska Law’s 2012 team won the National Competition and represented the United States in Dublin, Ireland at the International Competition. 7 | LAW.UNL.EDU

Experiential Learning Nebraska Law is committed to teaching our students the skills they need to be effective lawyers. Many courses emphasize learning by doing and allow students to perform tasks lawyers encounter. Professional skills development begins with the first-year Foundational Legal Skills course. Second- and third-year students develop lawyering skills and learn strategic and practical skills in simulated settings or by handling real cases. Clinics: Real Clients, Real Cases Our clinic programs give third-year law students an opportunity to represent actual clients. Full-time faculty members ensure that students receive a valuable learning experience by supervising their case work. The clinics offer experiences comparable to what a new attorney might face in the first few years of practice.

Civil Clinic In the Civil Clinic, students learn skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiation, drafting, procedure, trial and appellate advocacy, strategy and decisionmaking. Students represent clients in federal and state courts as well as before federal and state administrative agencies in a wide range of civil matters including bankruptcy, divorce and domestic relations, adoption, immigration and landlord-tenant.

Criminal Clinic The Criminal Clinic operates out of the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office in the Justice and Law Enforcement Center. Criminal Clinic students prosecute misdemeanor and occasionally felony criminal cases, including forgery, physical and sexual assault, and marijuana and cocaine possession. Each team of students handles a large number of cases during the semester and learns valuable skills while conducting factual investigations, negotiating, preparing for trial and trying cases.

Immigration Clinic The Immigration Clinic was established in 1998 and allows students an in-depth, hands-on experience representing immigration clients before federal immigration agencies and courts. The types of cases handled are those typically presented by low-income immigrants, such as family-based immigrant matters, Violence Against Women Act cases, deportation defense, affirmative and defense asylum applications, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Visa cases.


Externships: Practical Experiences, Professional Prospects 7ITH ESTABLISHEDEXTERNSHIPPARTNERSANDTHEABILITYTOCREATEYOUROWNEXTERNSHIPBASEDONSPECIlCINTERESTS YOUWILLHAVETHEOPPORTUNITYASPARTOFYOUR regular class schedule to develop the skills employers are looking for. Regardless of your interest area, you can earn credit while you increase your knowledge base and marketability.

Pro Bono Initiative: Service in the Public Interest The College of Law encourages and recognizes volunteer legal service by its students through the Pro Bono Initiative. The pro bono work must be uncompensated, law-related and in the public interest. The work may include service to the indigent, efforts to protect essential rights and liberties, law reform projects and projects to improve the legal profession or the public’s understanding of the law.


Facilities Nebraska Law is fortunate to have recently completed a renovation of nearly all of its facilities. The result is one of the most student-centered, technological law schools in the country. The College is located in two adjoined buildings on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Student lounges invite students to take a break and interact with each other outside the walls of the classroom. Renovated classrooms are equipped with the technology to video-conference with practitioners and scholars located outside of the state. And, a newly renovated auditorium provides Nebraska Law with the ability to bring in speakers of interest to the entire College. No matter the need or preference, the Nebraska Law facilities provide students with a place to succeed.

Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library: A Student-Centered Study Environment The Marvin and Virginia Schmid Law Library is the heart of the College of Law community and offers you a perfect studying environment. 4HEREAREGROUPSTUDYROOMS TABLEANDCARRELSEATINGFOR ANDAREADINGROOMTHATPROVIDESNATURALLIGHTALONGWITHCOMPLETESILENCE Six professional law librarians work with the support of a dedicated library staff to provide outstanding service to our students. The law librarians have years of combined experience and are actively involved in law library professional activities at the highest level of local and national organizations. All of these attributes combine to make the Schmid Law Library not only the largest, but the most effective, efficient and friendliest law library in the region. 9 | LAW.UNL.EDU

Fast Facts Year Founded: Location: City Population: %NROLLMENT Accreditation: Resident Faculty:

1891 Lincoln, Nebraska 262,000 APPROX ABA, AALS 40

Bar Passage Rate: Class of 2012 Overall Passage Rate (18 States):



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Costs and Aid 2013-2014 Tuition and Fees


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Non-Resident $869.75

#4: Best Value Law School in the Nation The National Jurist Magazine, September 2012

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#8: 10 Law Schools That Lead to the Least Debt




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SCHOLARSHIPS Nebraska Law administers its own scholarship program, awarding over $1,500,000 a year to incoming and upperclass students. Admitted students are automatically considered for academic and opportunity scholarships and no separate application is required. Both resident and nonresident students will be considered for academic and opportunity scholarships.

Academic Scholarships Academic scholarships are awarded to incoming students with exceptionally strong academic credentials. Undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are two important criteria in determining academic scholarships. These scholarships range from partial to full-tuition scholarships for residents and non-residents.

Opportunity Scholarships Nebraska Law awards opportunity scholarships to enhance the diversity of perspective in the entering class. Factors considered in awarding such scholarships are: financial need, economic or educational disadvantages which were overcome by the student to obtain his or her undergraduate degree, academic promise, whether the student was a first generation college student and whether the student has a commitment to provide legal services to underserved communities after graduation from law school.

FINANCIAL AID In order to apply for any financial aid other than an academic or opportunity 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 should be filed after January 1, 2014, as soon as your tax return is complete. All law students are considered independent, and parental income and assets will not be considered in calculating a student’s financial need. Students may qualify for Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Federal Direct Grad/PLUS Loans. Visit for the most up to date information on Federal Student Aid.

Student Debt The average amount borrowed by University of Nebraska College of Law graduates who borrowed at least one educational loan in law school was $54,875 for those graduating in 2012. 11 | LAW.UNL.EDU

Nebraska Law Faculty Jack Beard, Assistant Professor of Law. B.S.F.S.  'EORGETOWN5NIVERSITY*$ University of Michigan; LL.M. 1989, Georgetown University Law Center. Eric Berger, Associate Professor of Law. B.A.  "ROWN5NIVERSITY*$ #OLUMBIA University. Kristen Blankley, Assistant Professor of Law. B.A. 2001, Hiram College; J.D. 2004, The Ohio State University. Brian Bornstein, Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law. Ph.D. 1991, University of Pennsylvania; M.L.S. 2001, University of Nebraska College of Law. C. Steven Bradford, Earl Dunlap Distinguished Professor of Law. B.S. 1978, Utah State University; J.D. 1982, Harvard University. Eve Brank, Associate Professor of Psychology and Courtesy Professor of Law. J.D. 2000, University of Nebraska College of Law; Ph.D. 2001, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Beth Burkstrand-Reid, Assistant Professor of Law. B.A. 1998, Emory University; J.D. 2002, American University. Robert C. Denicola, Margaret R. Larson Professor of Law. B.S.E. 1971, Princeton University; J.D. 1974, LL.M. 1976, Harvard University. Richard Dooling, Visiting Professor of Law. B.A.  3AINT,OUIS5NIVERSITY224 University of Chicago; J.D. 1987, Saint Louis University School of Law. Richard F. Duncan, Sherman S. Welpton Jr. 0ROFESSOROF,AW"! 5NIVERSITYOF Massachusetts; J.D. 1976, Cornell University. Alan H. Frank, Professor of Law. A.B. 1966, Duke University; J.D. 1972, University of Wisconsin. Martin R. Gardner, Steinhart Foundation Professor of Law. B.S. 1969, J.D. 1972, University of Utah. John M. Gradwohl, Professor of Law Emeritus. "3 ,," 5NIVERSITYOF.EBRASKA LL.M. 1957, Harvard University. Justin “Gus� Hurwitz, Assistant Professor of Law, "! 3T*OHNS#OLLEGE*$ 5NIVERSITY of Chicago; M.A. 2011, George Mason University.


Roger W. Kirst, Henry M. Grether Professor of Law. B.S. 1967, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D. 1970, Stanford Law School. Craig M. Lawson, Professor of Law. A.B. 1970, Yale University; J.D. 1974, University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Steve Schmidt, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Criminal Clinical Law Program. B.S. 1987, University of Nebraska; M.A. 1994 Webster University; J.D. 1998, University of Nebraska.

John P. Lenich, Ross McCollum Professor of Law. B.A. 1977, University of Illinois; J.D. 1980, Northwestern University.

Robert F. Schopp, Robert J. Kutak Professor of Law and Psychology. B.S. 1969, Northland College; Ph.D. (Psychology) 1977, North Carolina State University; J.D. 1988, Ph.D. (Philosophy) 1989, University of Arizona.

Brian D. Lepard, Law Alumni Professor of Law. !" 0RINCETON5NIVERSITY*$ 9ALE Law School.

Anthony B. Schutz, Associate Professor of Law. B.A. 1998, University of Nebraska at Kearney; *$ 5NIVERSITYOF.EBRASKA

William H. Lyons, Richard H. Larson Professor OF4AX,AW"! #OLBY#OLLEGE*$ Boston College.

Anna W. Shavers, Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law. B.S. 1967, Central State 5NIVERSITY-3 5NIVERSITYOF7ISCONSIN J.D. 1979, University of Minnesota.

Colleen E. Medill, Robert and Joanne Berkshire Family Professor of Law. B.A. 1985; J.D. 1989, University of Kansas. Richard Moberly, Associate Dean for Faculty & Professor of Law. B.A. 1991, Emory University; J.D. 1998, Harvard Law School. Harvey S. Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Harvey and Susan 0ERLMAN!LUMNI0ROFESSOROF,AW"! J.D. 1966, University of Nebraska.

A. Christal Sheppard, Assistant Professor of Law. B.A. 1990, University of Delaware; M.S., Ph.D. 1998, University of Michigan; J.D. 2001, Cornell University. Jessica Shoemaker, Assistant Professor of Law. B.A. 1999, University of Iowa; J.D. 2004, University of Wisconsin. John R. Snowden, Professor of Law Emeritus. B.A. 1966, J.D. 1971, University of Nebraska.

Glenda J. Pierce, Associate Dean of Student !FFAIRSAND!DMINISTRATION "! University of Nebraska–Lincoln; J.D. 1982, University of Nebraska.

Brett Stohs, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Entrepreneurship Clinical Law Program. B.A. 2001, University of Nebraska– Lincoln; J.D. and M.P.P. 2005, Duke University.

Susan Poser, Dean and Richard & Catherine Schmoker Professor of Law. B.A. 1985, Swarthmore College; J.D. 1991, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. 2000, University of California, Berkeley.

Adam Thimmesch, Assistant Professor of Law. B.S. 2002, Oklahoma State Univesrity; J.D. 2005, University of Iowa.

Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto, Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law. B.A. 1967, Douglass College; M.A. 1971, Seton Hall University; J.D. 1974, Rutgers University. Kevin Ruser, M.S. Hevelone Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs. B.A. 1975, J.D. 1979, University of Nebraska. Matthew P. Schaefer, Director of Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law Program and Law Alumni Professor of Law. B.A. 1987, University OF#HICAGO*$,,- 3*$ University of Michigan.

Alan J. Tomkins, Professor of Law and Psychology and Director of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. B.A. 1975, Boston University; M.A. 1979, J.D., Ph.D. 1984, Washington University. Frans von der Dunk, Harvey and Susan Perlman Alumni / Othmer Chair of Space Law. J.D. Doctorate 1998, University of Leiden. Richard Wiener, Charles Bessey Professor of Psychology, Courtesy Professor of Law, Director, Law/Psychology Program. Ph.D. University of Houston. M.L.S. University of Nebraska College of Law.

Steven L. Willborn, Judge Harry A. Spencer Professor of Law. B.A. 1974, Northland College; M.S. 1976, J.D. 1976, University of Wisconsin. Catherine Lee Wilson, Associate Professor of Law. B.A. 1984, Creighton University; J.D. 1987, University of Alabama. Robert G. Works, Margaret R. Larson Professor of Insurance Law. A.B. 1966, Kansas State University; J.D. 1967, St. Louis University. Sandra B. Zellmer, Alumni Professor of Natural Resources. B.S. 1985, Morningside College; J.D. 1990, University of South Dakota School of Law; LL.M. 1996, George Washington University National Law Center.

Law Library Faculty Marcia Dority-Baker, Assistant Professor of Law Library and Access Services Librarian. B.A. December 1999, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. M. A. in Museum Studies May 2001, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. M.A. in Library Science May 2008, University of Missouri. Richard A. Leiter, Professor of Law and Director of the Schmid Law Library. B.A. 1976, University of California, Santa Cruz; J.D. 1981, Southwestern University School of Law; M.L.I.S. 1986, University of Texas at Austin. Matthew S. Novak, Assistant Professor of Law Library and Reference Librarian. B.A. 1992, J.D. 1996, University of Nebraska; M.A.L.S. 2005, University of Missouri. Stefanie S. Pearlman, Associate Professor of Law Library and Reference Librarian. B.A. 1992, Hofstra University; J.D. 1995, Washington 5NIVERSITY-!,3 5NIVERSITYOF!RIZONA Sandra B. Placzek, Associate Director of the Schmid Law Library and Professor of Law Library B.A. 1986, University of Nebraska; J.D.  #REIGHTON5NIVERSITY-,)3 University of Texas at Austin. Brian D. Striman, Professor of Law Library, Head of Technical Services and Catalog Librarian. B.A. 1974, University of Nebraska; M.A.L.S. 1978, University of Missouri.

Faculty Our faculty perform the College’s primary mission of teaching, research and outreach to our students, to Nebraska and to the rest of the world. The faculty is a distinguished and active group. Seven faculty members teach out of their own nationally published casebooks. The casebooks are used widely across the country at other law schools, from Harvard to UCLA, from Cornell to Texas and lots of places in-between. The faculty are also heavily involved in a variety of law reform and outreach activities. You will discover that your professors are excellent teachers, and are easily accessible outside the classroom. Faculty offices are on the second floor of the Schmid Law Library. An open-door policy creates an atmosphere that facilitates discussion between professors and students outside the classroom and encourages mentoring relationships. You will benefit from the faculty’s commitment to students, the College of Law and to the law itself. Robert Denicola Professor Denicola specializes in Intellectual Property Law, particularly Copyright and Trademark Law. His research focuses on Intellectual Property issues created by technological advances in communication and distribution. He is the author of the “Restatement of Unfair Competition�, which is frequently used by both lawyers and judges. He is also the author of a textbook that is used in copyright courses at law schools around the country.

Colleen Medill Professor Medill is a national expert in the areas of Employee Benefits Law, Property, and professional skills training for law students. Her casebook, INTRODUCTION TO EMPLOYEE BENEFITS LAW: POLICY AND PRACTICE 7ESTRDED ISUSEDBYOVERLAWSCHOOLSAROUNDTHECOUNTRY0ROFESSOR-EDILLISTHEAUTHOROFTHREEBOOKS on Property (DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: PROPERTY (West 2011), ACING PROPERTY (West 2nd ed.  AND#/.4%-0/2!2902/0%2497ESTTHED WITH'RANT.ELSON 3HELLEY3AXERAND$ALE7HITMAN 3HEISTHECREATORAND editor for West’s Developing Professional Skills series of books, which provides law students with practical training in the skills of client counseling, negotiation, legal drafting and advocacy in multiple subject areas.

Sandra Zellmer 0ROFESSOR:ELLMERBEGANTEACHINGATTHE,AW#OLLEGEINAFTERSPENDINGSEVERALYEARSASAPROFESSORATTHE5NIVERSITYOF4OLEDO,AW3CHOOLAND previously, as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. Her casebook, NATURAL RESOURCES LAW, is now in its 2nd edition, and she has written numerous articles and commentary on water conservation and use, biodiversity, public lands, constitutional law, and cultural resources. Her most recent book, COMPARATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW WILLBEPUBLISHEDIN:ELLMERISTHE5NIVERSITYSTRUSTEEFORTHE2OCKY-OUNTAIN Mineral Law Foundation and she serves on the advisory board for the University’s Global Water for Food Institute.

Kevin Ruser Professor Ruser’s research focuses on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. In 2011-2012, he delivered presentations in each of Nebraska’s 12 judicial districts on the effect of Padilla v. Kentucky, the 2010 Supreme Court case holding that criminal defense lawyers have a 6th Amendment obligation to inform their non-citizen clients of immigration consequences of criminal proceedings. Professor Ruser also is interested in the theory of experiential teaching and learning. In 2012, he visited the University of Pristina Law Faculty in Pristina, Kosovo to offer a critique of the Law Faculty’s clinical programs.


Alumni One way to measure Nebraska Law’s success is by the accomplishments of its alumni. Do they make a difference to their clients and their communities? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Indeed, many of our alumni practice law while others are successful entrepreneurs, journalists, accountants, politicians, lobbyists, administrators, and executive directors of not-for-profits. Whatever they choose to do in their careers, our alumni are high achievers who make a difference in the lives of others across the state, the nation, and the world. 1891 | Alice Minick – 1st female graduate of the college. 1893 | Gen. John J. Pershing – Military leader of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

1915 | Clinton Thomas Ross – 1st African American graduate of the college.

1951 | Ted Sorenson – President John F. Kennedy’s special counsel, adviser and speechwriter. At the time of his death, Sorenson was of counsel at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and was a prolific writer.

1955 | Duane W. Acklie – Chairman of Crete Carrier Corporation.

1930 | Lee Rankin – Former U.S. Solicitor General; Argued in favor of the African-American plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education (1954), advocating that the doctrine of “separate-but-equal” facilities for blacks and whites was unconstitutional.

1958 | Deryl F. Hamann – Sr. Counsel at Baird, Holm, McEachen, Pedersen, Hamann & Strasheim, LLP and Chairman & CEO of Great Western Bank.

1963 | Clayton Yeutter – Served as United States Secretary of Agriculture under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1991. In that post he steered the 1990 Farm Bill through Congress, laying the groundwork for a far more market-oriented policy structure in American agriculture. In 1992, Yeutter was appointed to a Cabinet-level post as Counselor to the President.

1931 | Sherman S. Welpton – Former partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, California.

1935 | C. Marvin Schmid – Attorney and successful entrepreneur who founded the Snow Corp. of Omaha, and co-founded BANKS3OUTHWEST"ANKOF/MAHA /MAHA3TATE"ANK AND&IRST National Bank of Bellevue.

1948 | Hon. William C. Hastings – Former Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice.

1949 | Perry Fuller – Nationally renowned Chicago trial attorney who mentored scores of lawyers and who now has a clinical skills program at Nebraska Law named in his honor.


1966 | Harvey Perlman – Chancellor of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

1968 | Bob Korba – Chairman & CEO of Sammons Enterprises, one of the largest privately owned companies in the world.

1970 | Ben Nelson – Former U.S. Senator for Nebraska.

1990 | Eartha Jean Johnson

1976 | Bill Schwarzkopf – Founder & CEO of Sage Consulting in

– Owner and CEO of LegalWatch, Inc. based in Houston, Texas.

Denver, Colorado.

1977 | Hon. Laurie Smith Camp – District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska and the first female federal judge in Nebraska.

1982 | Connie Collingsworth – General Counsel and Secretary for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Her distinguished career includes positions as a partner at the law firm Preston Gates & Ellis LLP and co-chair of Social Venture Partners, a nonprofit organization focused on social and environmental issues.

1990 | David Miller – V.P. of International Tax Division for Ernst and Young. 1994 | Jon Bruning – Current Nebraska Attorney General. 2001 | Senator Mike Flood – Former Speaker of the Nebraska Unicameral.

2003 | Senator Danielle Conrad – Current State Senator for the 46th District.

1985 | Kim Robak – Lobbyist with Mueller Robak LLC; Former Lt. Governor for the State of Nebraska; and former Vice President for External Affairs and Corporation Secretary for the University of Nebraska.

1988 | Samita Mehta – International Legal Counsel for Indonesia at ConocoPhillips Company.

1989 | Steve Henning – Founding Partner of Wood, Smith, Henning & Bermann. “I credit my legal education at the University of Nebraska College of Law as the foundation for my professional success. Personal relationships with faculty members who took an extraordinary interest in my personal goals helped guide my career and made me the lawyer I’ve become today.”

2006 | Daniel E. Dawes – One of thirteen selected by the Congressional Black Caucus to serve on the Health Equity Leadership Commission which is tasked with ensuring that the provisions in the health reform law are implemented to the fullest extent. Dawes is the Executive Director, Government Relations at Morehouse School of Medicine.

2012 | Adam Morfeld – Founded and serves as the executive director of Nebraskans for Civic Reform, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to strengthened civic education and making elections more accessible.


Career Services The Career Services Office (CSO) at Nebraska Law is dedicated to providing students and alumni with the information and tools necessary for successful career development. Through an array of services including individual counseling, educational programming, interviewing opportunities, written and online resources and job postings, the CSO helps provide students and alumni with the skills and tools to manage their careers for a lifetime. In addition, the CSO works with an array of legal employers to recruit Nebraska Law’s talented students and alumni. Career Counseling and Resume Assistance Through one-on-one meetings with students the CSO helps you identify career goals and interests, establish job search strategies and refine application materials.

Educational Programs, Workshops and Seminars The CSO offers a wide array of workshops, panel discussions and informational sessions throughout the academic year. These programs, which utilize practicing attorneys, alumni and professional speakers, are designed to educate students on opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional legal fields. One popular program is the Exploring Opportunities series. This series offers an overview and introduction to the legal community through specific practice areas such as estate planning, family law, intellectual property and criminal prosecution. In addition, the Career Services Office hosts a Road to Success Informational Fair exclusively for 1Ls to introduce them to the major legal employers in the community. The fair includes law firms, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and network with practicing attorneys.

On-Campus Interviews and Mock Interviews Every year prospective employers visit the University of Nebraska College of Law to recruit our students for summer and permanent employment. The CSO coordinates these on-campus interviews for employers from a wide range of geographic regions. On-campus interview sessions are held in both the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. First-year interviews take place exclusively in the spring semester. To help students gain experience and confidence in the interview process the CSO offers students the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with local attorneys and other career professionals.

Job Postings Job opportunities are received in the CSO from a variety of sources. Employers may contact the CSO directly but we also solicit opportunities from local and national employers as well as other law schools through job bulletin exchanges to ensure that our students are well informed. All postings are easily accessible to students through ROSCOE, our on-line recruiting system powered by Symplicity, the nation’s leading law school management and recruiting system. 16

Class of 2012 Employment Status (91% of graduates completing the employment survey either reported employment (116 = 90.6%) or were enrolled in a full time degree program (1/ 0.78%)) Employed or pursuing graduate degree full-time

91% (117)


90.6% (116)

Pursuing graduate degree full-time

.78% (1)

Unemployed -- seeking

7.8% (10)

Employment Status Unknown

.78% (1)

Of employed -- number law school funded


Employment Type (116 reported) Private Firms

49% (57)

Business & Industry

22% (26)


17% (19)

Judicial Clerkship










Public Interest / Non-Profit Organization (includes Public Defenders) 9% (10) Academic

Employment Location Nebraska

72% (84)


After Nebraska, the largest number of graduates relocated to California and Utah.


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Application Checklist Important Application Dates September 1, 2013 Application for Fall 2014 entering class is available March 1, 2014 Application Deadline for Fall 2014 entering class J.D. Application Overview s3TUDENTSMAYAPPLYTOBEPARTOFTHE&ALLENTERING*$CLASSBETWEEN3EPTEMBER AND-ARCH  s4HE!DMISSIONS#OMMITTEEMAKESADMISSIONSDECISIONSONAROLLINGBASIS CONSIDERINGTHEMASTHEYARESUBMITTED Applying as early in the process as possible is recommended. s.EBRASKA,AWDOESNOTPARTICIPATEINABINDING%ARLY!CTION%ARLY$ECISIONPROGRAM

Application Requirements s!PPLICANTSMUSTHAVECOMPLETEDALLREQUIREMENTSFORABACHELORSDEGREEFROMANACCREDITEDINSTITUTIONBEFORETHEYBEGINTHEIRlRSTYEAROFLAWSCHOOLUNLESS PURSUINGTHE PROGRAM 4HEREARENOREQUIREDUNDERGRADUATECOURSESORMAJORSASAPREREQUISITETOADMISSION s!LLSTATESASSESSTHECHARACTERANDlTNESSOFAPPLICANTSFORADMISSIONTOTHEBAR!PPLICANTSWHOBELIEVEPASTCONDUCTMIGHTAFFECTTHEIRADMISSIONTOTHEBARINA state in which they intend to practice should contact the appropriate board of bar examiners. s!PPLICANTSMUSTREGISTERFOR#REDENTIAL!SSEMBLY3ERVICE#!3 THROUGHTHE,AW3CHOOL!DMISSIONS#OUNCIL,3!# AT Once a prospective student applies for admission and completes all necessary components of the CAS, the College of Law will request an applicant’s Law School Report from LSAC. This Report will include an applicant’s LSAT scores, summary of academic work, copies of all postsecondary transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

A Completed Application to Nebraska Law will include: s#OMPLETED!PPLICATIONFOR!DMISSION s0ERSONAL3TATEMENT



Personal Statement The personal statement is the applicant’s opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee why he or she wants to study law and set forth any information that would be helpful to the Admissions Committee in evaluating the application. Nebraska Law does not conduct face-to-face interviews; therefore, the personal statement is the applicant’s only opportunity to convey information that he or she might discuss in an interview.

LSAT Score All candidates must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). In order to meet the March 1 application deadline, candidates must take the test no later than the February administration. The College of Law will look at all LSAT scores included in the law school report including the average score.

Transcripts from all Postsecondary Institutions Official transcripts from postsecondary institutions will be sent to LSAC as part of the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Copies of these transcripts will be included in the applicant’s law school report. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln not to discriminate based upon age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sex, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, religion or political affiliation. Š2013, The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska. All rights reserved. 38.0024.13


Two Letters of Recommendation Recommended: Submit online through CAS Letter of Recommendation Service. This service is included as part of the applicants Credential Assembly Service fee through LSAC. Letters submitted using this service will be included in the applicant’s Law School Report sent to the College of Law. Recommendation letters are most helpful when they come from professors or employers who can discuss the applicant’s analytical abilities, writing skills, interpersonal skills, character, sense of responsibility and judgment.

$50.00 Application Fee The $50 fee may be paid online at the time of application using a credit card. Applicants with demonstrated financial need may apply for a fee waiver through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) fee waiver program.

Admissions Policy In making admission decisions, the Admissions Committee attempts to identify as best it can those applicants who have the ability to compete successfully in a rigorous academic environment, to contribute to a diverse intellectual community, and to engage successfully in the career of their choice in an increasingly diverse society. Because these characteristics are not always captured by an applicant’s LSAT score or overall grade point average, the Committee considers any upward or downward trend in the applicant’s academic performance over time, the quality of the applicant’s undergraduate institution, the applicant’s major and activities, letters of recommendation, personal statement, educational or economic disadvantages the applicant has overcome to obtain an undergraduate education, status as the first generation in a family to graduate from college or university, commitment of future service to underserved communities, and any other information other than race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin supplied by the applicant. Neither the Committee nor the College seeks to obtain any particular number or percentage of diverse candidates, but they do seek a diverse mix of students to ensure that the College has a sufficient range of background and experience in its student body to permit a deep, broad, and vigorous intellectual environment. As this description indicates, the admissions process is flexible, no particular factor in itself determines admission or non-admission, and the Committee has sufficient discretion to consider each applicant individually on the basis of the entire file.

Schedule a Visit The faculty, students and staff at Nebraska Law look forward to hosting you on an upcoming visit. A number of visit options are available including: Nebraska Law Preview Days, Open Houses and Visits By Request. Make arrangements at:

Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean for Admissions University of Nebraska College of Law Ross McCollum Hall P.O. Box 830902 Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0902

402-472-8333 | | |

@TracySWarren 21 | LAW.UNL.EDU



@NELawAdmissions @UNLCollegeofLaw

Ross McCollum Hall Nearhood Office of Admissions P.O. Box 830902 Lincoln, NE 68583-0902



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