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University of Nebraska College of Law

University of Neraska College of Law
Ross McCollum Hall
P.O. Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583
www.unl.edu/lawcoll

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

Tasha Everman
Assistant Dean & Director of Career Services
P.O Box 83092
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902
P: (402) 472-5130
E-mail
http://law.unl.edu/career

Category Type

Independent Student Pro Bono Group Projects with no school-wide program

Description of Programs

Pro Bono Initiative

The Pro Bono Initiative seeks to encourage and recognize volunteer legal service by College of Law students during their second and third years at the College.

To be recognized under the pro bono initiative, pro bono work must be:

  1. Uncompensated - students may not receive either money or academic credit.
  2. Law-related - the work must involve the application, interpretation, instruction, or other use of the law under the guidance of a supervising attorney.
  3. In the public interest- including, among other things, 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.

In addition to these requirements, pro bono work must be approved by the Dean's office prior to completion to qualify for this initiative. A student seeking recognition under the Pro Bono Initiative must complete the attached Pro Bono Certification Form and submit it to the Dean's Office. A separate form must be used for each pro bono project completed by the student.

  1. Students completing 50 hours or more of qualified pro bono work during their 2nd and/or 3rd year at the College will receive a Dean's certificate upon graduation.
  2. Each year at least one student may be recognized for outstanding pro bono service.

Location of Programs

None listed

Staffing/Management/Oversight

None listed

Funding

Secretarial support and funding is provided for student pro bono group projects.

Research assistants and secretarial support is provided for faculty pro bono projects.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program -- VITA students receive training on tax return requirements. They then provide help on filling out federal and state income tax returns at various sites around Lincoln, including retirement homes, community centers, and shopping malls.

Community Legal Education Project (CLEP) -- CLEP coordinates a variety of activities through which the College promotes legal education for non-lawyers. Law students assist elementary, middle and secondary school teachers in helping pupils understand fundamental legal issues, appreciate the legal system, and learn about the law as it affects their daily lives.

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

There is no formal faculty pro bono policy. Faculty members supervise VITA and CLEP.

Awards/Recognition

  1. Students completing 50 hours or more of qualified pro bono work during their 2nd and/or 3rd year at the College will receive a Dean's certificate upon graduation.
  2. Each year at least one student may be recognized for outstanding pro bono service.
  3. In addition, service may be considered in determining the "Outstanding Law Student" Award given in the spring.

Community Service

Student organizations sponsor several long-standing, annual community service projects: blood drives, winter clothing for needy children, food bank contributions, donations to rape/spouse abuse center.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

Glenda J. Pierce
P: (402) 472-2161
E-mail

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

Students who want to pursue a public interest area of study may work with a faculty member to develop a program of concentrated study in public interest law and receive a certificate of concentrated study at graduation.

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

The College of Law offers a Civil In-house Clinic where students, under faculty supervision, represent indigent clients on a wide variety of matters. For more information, contact Professor Kevin Ruser at E-mail.

The Immigration Clinic is a course in which two students per year are permitted to enroll by faculty invitation only. Students enrolling in the Immigration Clinic represent low-income clients with immigration problems under close faculty supervision. Most of the work is in the areas of deportation defense, family-based immigrant visas, VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self-petitions and asylum applications, although other types of immigration cases may be assigned to students from time to time at the discretion of the supervising faculty member.

Externships/Internships

Students, with the approval of a sponsoring faculty member, may take one to three hours of externship in a public interest area in conjunction with a seminar or research in a selected field.

Classes with a Public Service Component

In the Family Law Practice course, students working in teams of two handle a low income divorce case. For information, contact Professor Alan Fran, E-mail.

Public Interest Journals

None listed

PI Career Support Center

Assistant Dean Tasha Everman, Director of Career Services (E-mail) provides career counseling and employment information. A student assistant for public interest careers provides career and employment information.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

Awards available to graduates who work directly with individuals in need of legal services and for a non-profit agency. Award amounts vary depending on number of qualified applicants.

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

NFCPI (Nebraska Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest): Summer fellowships are funded through donations by faculty, staff, attorneys, a percentage of Bar/Bri sales and by the Women's Law Caucus annual charity auction. The number of awards varies each year, with usually four to six awarded. The total amount awarded for summer public interest clerkships is usually $10,000 -$12,000.

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Career services sponsors public interest speakers and workshops.

Student Public Interest Groups

Equal Justice Society

Nebraska Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest

August 6, 2018