In its second year, a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the University of Nebraska College of Law aims to encourage more students in underrepresented communities to purse a legal education.
The Underserved Law Opportunities Program (ULOP) is currently seeking qualified UNO first and second year undergraduate students to participate in the program. To be considered eligible, students should be first-generation college students or bilingual, and must have a record of community service, and an interest in the public law arena.
Participating students will be accepted into the UN College of Law upon graduation if they maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA throughout their undergraduate coursework and achieve a minimum qualifying score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
“Our state will benefit from this program just as much as our students,” said UNO Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado. “Our hope is that these students will go on to practice law in underserved communities, meeting a pressing need of the greater Omaha metropolitan area and Nebraska as a whole.”
All ULOP students will be paired with a peer mentor and have the opportunity to intern with a private law firm, public agency or nonprofit organization that provides legal services for underserved communities. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend special College of Law programming, and meet one-on-one with College of Law admissions representatives.
“The idea came from a conversation with a graduate of both our universities, who is currently practicing law in Omaha,” said College of Law Interim Dean Richard Moberly. “There is no question that Nebraska has a need for bilingual attorneys and attorneys who will practice law in the public interest. This is an important step toward meeting that need.”
Admission interviews will begin later this spring. Students interested in participating in the program must submit a letter of interest and a resume by email to Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the close of business on Friday, April 5, 2019.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.