Admission to the Practice of Law

Admission to the Practice of Law


Announcement Regarding In-Person July Bar Exam

The Nebraska State Bar Commission will host a live, in-person Bar Examination on July 27 and 28, 2021, at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln, Nebraska.

While current indications show it will be safe to hold an in-person exam, the Commission continues to be in close contact with local public health officials regarding pandemic conditions, and compliance with local and State Directed Health Measures. If conditions warrant, the Commission would be able to shift to a remote exam, with a decision being made by May 1, 2021.  

Nebraska has hosted successful and safe exams whether by in-person or remote format as evidenced by the July and September 2020 in-person exams, and the February 2021 remote-only exam.  In making any exam format decisions, the Nebraska Supreme Court is guided by its substantial interests in keeping examinees, staff, and volunteers as safe as possible, protecting exam security, and making sure the exam is accessible to all. As experienced throughout the pandemic, circumstances may change and plans may need modification due to changing public health concerns.

While Nebraska will host an in-person exam, the Bar Commission will accept motion applications from  other UBE states for candidates who meet the Nebraska score requirements of Neb. Ct. R. § 3-117(F).

The patience of examinees is appreciated as test day requirements become clearly defined.  More information will be shared with examinees as May 1, 2021 approaches.

 


 

The Nebraska Supreme Court (Court) exercises jurisdiction over admission to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska. The Court established the Nebraska State Bar Commission (Commission) to review all applicants and make recommendations to the Court for admission. The Commission oversees the administration of the Uniform Bar Exam (“UBE”) in Nebraska twice yearly for admission by examination. Applicants may apply for admission on motion if already licensed in another state or by UBE score transfer.  The motion application process may take up to 120 days

*All applicants must apply using the Nebraska admissions application located here: https://mcle.wcc.ne.gov/admissions/login. This system has been configured to work best with Google Chrome. It is strongly encouraged to use this browser when completing the application.

FORMS: When the application is complete, follow this link to find the necessary forms noted in the Bar Application Completion Checklist (see next paragraph for checklist): https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/forms?title=&field_form_number_value=&field_form_type_tid=204&field_form_category_tid=All&field_language_tid=All&field_form_set_tid=All

The Bar Application Checklist (also found under Forms): https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/sites/default/files/NSBC-1-16.pdf

FINGERPRINTS:  Complete two sets of your fingerprints. Fingerprints are required with each application submitted in Nebraska. Fingerprints may be made digitally or on physical fingerprint cards. If fingerprints are completed on physical fingerprint cards, please mail them to our office at 3806 Normal Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68506. If fingerprints are done digitally and are being electronically sent from another troop station to the Nebraska State Patrol, you are not required to mail fingerprint cards in connection with the application. Blank physical fingerprint cards may be requested by sending an email to nsc.attyadmissions@nebraska.gov.  Please provide your mailing address in which the blank physical fingerprint cards can be mailed.  

Please note that the agencies listed on the bottom of this page are not the only agencies that you may be fingerprinted - this is only a list we have compiled for locations in Nebraska.  As long as it is an authorized fingerprinting agency, you may be printed where you are located.  

 

For information on eligibility requirements, how to apply and other information, please refer to the links below.   

 

PLEASE NOTE: Individuals with non-ADA qualifying health related conditions (e.g. breastfeeding, diabetes, pregnancy, mobility impairments etc.) may request a non-ADA administrative accommodation. The request may be made in the form of a letter.  The request must state the health condition and the specific accommodations desired. Medical documentation verifying the condition is required.  The request should be submitted with the application for the bar exam, no later than the filing deadline. Requests are granted on a case by case basis. Non-emergency requests that are not made on or before the filing deadline will be denied.

 

The following are Offices of the Nebraska State Patrol and the Days/Hours that Fingerprinting is Conducted as of March 7, 2017. Times subject to change.:

Troop A:  Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (walk-in only)
4411 S 108th ST 
Omaha, NE 68137
Phone: 402-331-3333

Troop B:  Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (appointment required)
1401 Eisenhower AVE
Norfolk NE 68701
Phone: 402-370-3456

Troop C:  Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (appointment required)
3431 W Old Potash
Grand Island NE 68803
Phone: 308-385-6000

Troop D:  Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (appointment required)
300 West South River Rd
North Platte NE 69101
Phone: 308-535-6604

Troop E: Monday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (appointment required)
4500 Avenue I
Scottsbluff NE 69361
Phone: 308-632-1211

Criminal Identification Division (CID):  Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (appointment required) Last person fingerprinted at 4:00 p.m.
3800 NW 12th ST STE A
Lincoln NE 68521
Phone: 402-479-4971


If you have questions you may contact the Admissions office by phone or email:
Nebraska State Bar Commission of the Nebraska Supreme Court
3806 Normal Blvd.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68506-5241
Telephone: (402) 471-3092
nsc.attyadmissions@nebraska.gov