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. If you are thinking about attending a Nebraska school, being a sports fan will help. 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 farm land. A quarter of the state is covered by the Sandhills, a region of grass-stabilized sand dunes in north-central Nebraska. Then there are rich geological areas such as Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock. However, if you are thinking of attending law school in Nebraska, you will not be situated in the corn fields or the plains, you will be located in one of the two large cities along the eastern edge of the state, that of Lincoln or Omaha.
Nebraska Law Schools
Creighton School of Law is located in Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska with a population a little under a half million people. The city prides itself on being a dynamic and vibrant city and should be a good back drop, if you choose to attend Creighton and want to take a brief break from your law books.
Creighton School of Law is a small private Jesuit University founded in 1903. It prides itself on small class sizes and easy access to professors. The law school student population is about 300 students with a typical incoming class of 100 as of 2016. The acceptance rate for new applicants is approximately 75%.
Creighton is accredited by the American Bar Association and is considered a third tier school by U.S.News ranking system. The tuition for the school is about half-way in the middle between the most expensive schools and the cheapest schools.
Creighton offers some unique and special degree programs and opportunities. There is an accelerated JD program where it is possible to 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.
The University of Nebraska College of Law is a public school located in the capital of Nebraska, Lincoln. 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, University of Nebraska College of Law is a second tier school. It is one of the most affordable law schools in the country. The school touts on its website that it is the best value for the money spent on a legal education, which very well may be true given the low tuition and a bar exam pass rate for first time takers historically hovering around 80% to 90%
The American Bar Association includes Nebraska College of Law on its list of accredited schools. It is a small college with a student body of about 300 and an incoming class around 70 as of 2016. 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 Masters 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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