UNL Law School

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law is a law school in Lincoln, Nebraska affiliated with the University of Nebraska?Lincoln. It was founded in 1888 and became part of UNL in 1891. In 1903, noted legal scholar and later Harvard Law School dean Roscoe Pound became dean of the college. It was one of the first law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and was one of the charter members of the Association of American Law Schools. Approximately 400 students are enrolled in the college. The current dean is Steve Willborn, J.D.

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UNL Law School Admissions

UNL Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 63% of its applicants. Comparatively, Nebraska is Significantly Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 545 339 (62.20%) 102 (18.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.40 3.65 3.85
LSAT 152 156 158

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $14,721 $33,415
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $16,776
  • Living off-campus: $15,538
  • Living at home: $8,462

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $50

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UNL Law School Community

UNL Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Nebraska is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 28
  • Part Time: 33


  • # Female Faculty: 20
  • # Minority Faculty: 3


11.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UNL Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UNL Law School 1L section size is 5% smaller than law schools in Nebraska and 27% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UNL Law School: 104
Nebraska Average: 109
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 416
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 82

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 62
  • Law Journals: 25
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 11.0%
  • Second Year: 0.8%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UNL Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UNL Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 92% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 78.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 57.0%
  • Business: 15.0%
  • Government: 15.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Nebraska: 73%
  • Colorado: 4%
  • Iowa: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 78.3%
  • First Time Takers: 106
  • Average School: 90.4%
  • Average State: 76.7%
  • Pass Difference: 13.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Nebraska: 76.7%
  • Passed: 75 of 83 (90.4%)
  • State Average: 76.7%
  • Difference: 13.7%