The Underserved Law Opportunities Program (ULOP) is currently seeking qualified University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) first and second year undergraduate students to participate in the program.
ULOP is a partnership between UNO and the University of Nebraska College of Law aims to encourage more students in underrepresented communities to purse a legal education.
To be considered eligible, students should be first-generation college students, must have a record of community service, and have an interest in the field of public law.
Public law is the body of law which governs the exercise of powers of the government and public authorities. It controls public agencies or bodies acting in a public capacity and covers three main subdivisions: constitutional, administrative and criminal law.
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
- 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 Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, Ph.D., UNO assistant vice chancellor for student success. “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 students accepted into the ULOP program:
- Are paired with a peer mentor
- Intern with a law firm or nonprofit organization
- Participate in a LSAT preparatory seminar at no cost
- Receive specialized admissions counseling and workshops prior to applying for law school.
“ULOP was the first organization at UNO to help connect me to the people who would shape my future law career," said Emma Frankin, a third-year law student at UNL. "While I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, ULOP provided the necessary resources and guidance to achieve my goals. Now I can sincerely say as I finish out my last year of law school, I wouldn't be where I am today without ULOP.”
Admission interviews will begin later this fall. Students interested in participating in the program submit a letter of interest and a resume by email to Benjamin-Alvarado at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
ULOP is patterned after the Urban Health Opportunities Program, a collaboration between UNO and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), which was designed to address a need for medical professionals with diverse backgrounds.
“The idea came from a conversation with a graduate of both our universities, who is currently practicing law in Omaha,” said University of Nebraska Lincoln Interim Executive Vice Chancellor 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.”
In 2020, the program received the Nebraska University Inclusive Excellence Collaboration Award.
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.