Nebraska, the Cornhusker State, takes its football seriously. Fans regularly attend the sold-out home games to watch their beloved Huskers in their effort to participate in yet another bowl game. This great-plains state is mostly flat, where acres and acres of corn are grown, but it is wrong to think of Nebraska as only farmland. The Sandhills, a region of grass-stabilized sand dunes in north-central Nebraska, cover a quarter of the state. Then there are rich geological areas such as Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock.
However, if you are considering attending law school in Nebraska, you will not be situated in the corn fields or the plains. Instead, you will be located in one of the two large cities along the eastern edge of the state, either Lincoln or Omaha.
Creighton University School of Law
Creighton University School of Law is part of a small private Jesuit University founded in 1903. Although it is located in Nebraska's largest city, Omaha, Creighton Law prides itself on being small —emphasizing small class sizes and easy access to professors. The law school student population is about 300 students, with a typical incoming class of about 150. The acceptance rate for new applicants is approximately 68%.
Creighton Law offers some unique and special degree programs and opportunities, like an accelerated JD program where students finish law school in two years instead of three. To accomplish this, summer classes are required, beginning before the traditional JD program starts in the fall. Creighton also offers joint degree programs for JD/MBA and a JD/MS for Law and Government Organization & Leadership.
Tuition at Crighton is around $47,000 a year. However, since second and third years tend to take fewer credits each semester, costs come down a bit after the first year. For the accelerated JD program, expect to pay around $66,000 a year.
University of Nebraska College of Law
The University of Nebraska College of Law is a public school located in Lincoln, the state's capital. Lincoln is the second largest city in Nebraska, with a population of about 300,000.
According to the ranking system developed by U.S.News, the University of Nebraska College of Law is a second-tier school. It is one of the most affordable law schools in the country at about $16,000 a year for Nebraska residents.
Given the low tuition and a bar exam pass rate for first-time takers historically hovering around 80% to 90%, the University of Nebraska is a great value legal education. In fact, preLaw Magazine and National Jurist have named it the #1 Best Value Law School for multiple years in a row.
It is a relatively small college with an incoming class of around 150 in 2022. The acceptance rate for new applicants is around 50% to 60%. The school is proud of its small class size and its personal attention to the students.
Special and unique programs offered by the college include an Entrepreneurship Clinic where students work with start-up business clients. The school also offers joint degree programs where a Master's in Business Administration can be combined with a Juris Doctorate. It is the only law school that requires students to take an international studies course in the first year of law school.
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