The NSBA is here to help you transition into the practice of law by providing you with resources and opportunities. Membership to the Nebraska State Bar Association and its Sections is FREE for law students! Here are some ways to get connected:
Section Membership: Start Building Your Professional Network
Build your professional network by joining a NSBA Section. Our Online Section Communities are a great way to network, ask questions and get content relevant to certain practice areas. Law Students can join any NSBA Section for Free through the NSBA Store or by contacting the NSBA Section Facilitator, Jennifer Hiatt.
Pro Bono Opportunities
The Volunteer Lawyers Project serves thousands of low-income Nebraskans each year by connecting lawyers with pro bono opportunities. Law students are welcome to participate in these pro bono opportunities under the supervision of a volunteer lawyer. Contact the pro bono programs at your law school or the Volunteer Lawyers Project to get involved. Find more information here.
The Rural Practice Initiative Program
Are you considering practicing in rural Nebraska? Join us for the Rural Practice Initiative Interview Events by contacting your Career Services Dean. Find more information here.
NSBA Career Fair
In conjunction with the NSBA Annual Meeting in October, the NSBA partners with the University of Nebraska College of Law and Creighton University School of Law to connect you with potential employers. Contact your Career Services Dean for more information.
Continuing Legal Education CLE
Law students can attend NSBA CLE events for FREE. 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 and explore many different areas of legal practice.
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. Your login for Casemaker is the same as your student login.
Nebraska Child Support Calculator
The Nebraska Child Support Calculator is a state-of-the-art platform for calculating child support in all Nebraska courts. We hope you will learn how to use this valuable member benefit through your law school legal clinic. Your login for the Nebraska Child Support Calculator is the same as your student login.
The NSBA Library: NSBA Publications and Videos at Your Fingertips
Do 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.
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).
The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine
The Nebraska Lawyer is published six times a year. It features articles on substantive legal topics written by local attorneys, along with news and information about bar events. If you provide us with an address in your member profile, you will receive a complimentary copy.
The NSBA’s electronic newsletter, E-counsel is emailed periodically and keeps you up to date on Court News, NSBA News, CLE Updates & Practice Tips.
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.
Law Student Debt Refinancing through So-Fi
When the time is right, the NSBA has a partnership with So-Fi
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.
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