Exploratory & Pre-Professional Advising Center Pre-Law (EC)

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College: Exploratory & Pre-Professional Advising Center
Degree Offered: Non-degree seeking
Hours Required: N/A
Minimum Cumulative GPA: N/A
Minor Available: N/A
Chief Adviser: Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center
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Pre-Law (EC)

COLLEGE: Exploratory & Pre-Professional Advising Center

MAJOR: Pre-Law (EC)

DEGREE OFFERED: Non-degree seeking




CHIEF ADVISER: Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center


The pre-law area of study is an advising category used to identify students advancing toward a law-related career goal. Students cannot declare a major or earn a degree in the pre-law area. Most students use their undergraduate academic program to develop the desired skill set for entry into law school and the legal profession. Students may select any UNL academic major while pursuing a pre-law area of study, and can temporarily select a major of “Pre-Law” though the College of Arts and Sciences while they are exploring and determining which academic major they would like to declare.

Students pursuing a pre-law area of study can receive guidance and advice from the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) by declaring the pre-law category with their college advising office.


Law is the system we use to ensure order and justice for individuals and communities within our society. The broad nature of the legal field allows people to work with the law in a number of ways. Litigation (trial practice), representative practice, legal planning, education, and adjudication (becoming a judge) are traditional ways in which people work directly with the law. However, a legal education is useful and may be applied to a variety of other fields such as business, insurance, government, writing, resource management, or publishing.

High School Preparation

Students planning to pursue advanced work in the pre-law program should begin with a strong college preparatory course program in high school. In addition to meeting the University entrance requirements, it is recommended that pre-law students finish four years of the same foreign language in high school.


Students are advised in the pre-law area of study by professional academic advisers in the Explore Center. Advisers are available on an appointment and/or walk-in basis Monday through Friday in 127 Love (Library) South and can be reached at 402-472-3605 or explorecenter@unl.edu. Academic advising appointments can also be scheduled through the MyPLAN tab in Blackboard.

In addition to the Explore Center advisers, students with a declared UNL major should work with their assigned major adviser and should check the section of the bulletin outlining the requirements for their specific college of admittance. Those students undecided on a major who were admitted as “Pre-Law” majors to the College of Arts and Sciences should review the college requirements outlined in the Arts and Sciences section of the bulletin.

Application and Admission to Law Professional Programs

The admission requirements for law professional programs vary and may change from year to year. Admission to professional programs is competitive. Therefore, students should to be aware of academic recommendations, entrance exams, admission deadlines, research and volunteer opportunities, and other activities that enhance the application. In order to receive the timeliest information on requirements and preparation, students should visit or contact the Explore Center at 402-472-3605 or explorecenter@unl.edu. Information is also available on the Explore Center website http://explorecenter.unl.edu/.


ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and 10 student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:

  • Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
  • ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisers. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
  • Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
  • Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic adviser).

ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.

ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

To meet the ACE program requirement, a student will complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses. Students should meet with an Explore Center adviser to discuss the planning and completion of ACE courses and requirements.


This is the site for old bulletin data. Please head to UNL's Course Catalog for updated course and program information.