Thank you for your interest in joining the Nebraska State Bar Association. We hope you will discover in the years to come that the NSBA is your partner in the law. We work to provide resources to ensure the success of your legal career. Plus, student membership is FREE! Check out all the benefits of being a Law Student Member of the NSBA here.
Section Membership: Start Building Your Professional Network
Build your professional network by joining a NSBA Section. NSBA dues-paying members can connect with other attorneys in their areas of practice through NSBA Section events, CLE seminars and Listservs and gain access to resources developed specifically by Sections. Law Student Members are automatically enrolled in the Young Lawyers Section and may select any other Sections they wish to join.
Greater Exposure for Your Resume
Get additional exposure for your resume by posting it on the NSBA website. Contact your law school’s Career Services Dean for help in doing so.
The Rural Practice Initiative Program
Are you considering practicing in rural Nebraska? Join us for the Rural Practice Initiative Interview Events. Find more information here.
The Going Ahead Prepared (GAP) Program and Other CLE
Learn everything you need to know about practicing law that you didn’t learn in law school at our GAP Program, offered every August and geared toward attorneys in their first few years of practice and law students. It covers both law practice management and substantive practice areas a new lawyer is likely to encounter, especially when working in a small office or as a solo practitioner.
Law student rates ($10 total) apply to most NSBA-produced CLE seminars. Check the NSBA Calendar to find a CLE that piques your interest. As a NSBA member, you will also receive emails and mailings notifying you of CLEs you may be interested in. CLEs are also a great place to network with fellow law students and attorneys.
Casemaker -The legal research engine of Nebraska’s legal profession
Prepare yourself for practice now by learning to use Casemaker, the free online legal research tool used by more than 70% of attorneys in Nebraska and is included as a member benefit for dues-paying NSBA members. Casemaker is an online legal research engine similar to Lexis or Westlaw. It includes legal authorities for all fifty (50) states, plus the federal government, and has a companion mobile application. Casecheck+ works like Shephard’s® and KeyCite® to notify you instantly of negative treatment, identifying whether your case law citations are still good law. CiteCheck analyzes every citation in your brief (or your opponent’s) and provides you with a report of good law, negative treatments and potential citation format errors. Casemaker Digest provides daily summaries of the latest state and federal appellate decisions (within 12-24 hours of publication) classified by practice area. Choose the areas of law you are interested in and get exactly the information you need when you need it.
The NSBA’s electronic newsletter, E-counsel is emailed to NSBA dues-paying members every two weeks. Each issue includes Court News, NSBA News, CLE Updates & Practice Tips.
The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine
The Nebraska Lawyer is published six times a year and mailed to all NSBA dues-paying members. It features articles on substantive legal topics written by local attorneys, along with news and information about bar events.
The NSBA Library: NSBA Publications and Videos at Your Fingertips
You remember a great article in The Nebraska Lawyer that’s on point for a case you have now. And there was a form in that seminar last fall, but where are your materials? You need to quickly get an overview of an area of law you’re not familiar with—but how? The online NSBA Library has what you need. The NSBA Library has thousands of pages of written materials and hundreds of hours of seminar videos organized by topic or practice area. Materials include articles, seminar materials, some practice manuals and forms. The information is also searchable using the search function on the NSBA website. Check out of the NSBA Library under Practice Tools on the NSBA home page, and let us know if there’s material to be added, deleted or cross-listed.
The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) offers help to lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, stress, depression and other types of disorders that may have a negative impact on their practice of law or their personal lives. If you have concerns about one of your colleagues or about yourself, please call NLAP. All information received and provided to NLAP is confidential. The NLAP toll-free hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (888) 584-6527 (584-NLAP).
If you are aware of anyone within the Nebraska legal community (lawyers, law office personnel, judges, courthouse employees, law students, etc.) who suffers a sudden, catastrophic loss due to an unexpected event, illness or injury, the NSBA’s SOLACE Program can likely assist that person in some meaningful way. We have a network of generous Nebraska-licensed attorneys willing to get involved. We do not solicit monetary donations, but can assist with contributions of clothing, housing, transportation, medical community contacts, and a myriad of other possible solutions through the thousands of contacts available to us through the NSBA and its membership.
Let the NSBA assist you with your transition from law school to the legal profession. Many more benefits will become available when you become a dues-paying attorney member of the NSBA. Once you pass the bar exam, your first year of NSBA membership is free!
Thank you for considering membership in the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Complete the online application OR Download the PDF application and return to the NSBA offices.