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To begin the application process please use the 'apply' button  to reach the College of Law application page.

Ensure you select either 'Apply for in resident SCTL LL.M.' or 'Apply for the Online SCTL LL.M.' This will direct you to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website to begin the actual application. 

Application Requirements: We require a personal statement, all undergraduate and law college transcripts, the LSAC application questionnaire, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and a resume. 

International Applicants:  A foreign law degree is required of foreign applicants. A TOEFL score of 100 (on the internet based test) is required by foreign applicants unless you are a citizen of Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom or some other English speaking country. Foreign applicants must apply online and use the LSAC credential assembly service.

Deadlines: We accept applications at all times. Semester start times are based on our rolling admissions and the requested semester start. Please contact the Executive Director, Elsbeth Magilton with questions on start dates.

As admissions professionals, we know that researching, selecting and applying to law schools can be exciting, confusing and time-consuming. We want to serve as knowledgeable, friendly resources and make your decision making process easier and more enjoyable. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your application for admission, the College of Law or the legal profession.

Contact for Admissions Questions:

Elsbeth Magilton; photo by Bambi King
Elsbeth Magilton

Executive Director
of Executive Director of Space, Cyber, & Telecom Law Programs and the U.S. Legal Studies LL.M.
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Elsbeth Magilton received her B.A., cum laude, from Doane College in 2008. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and received a concentration in Cyberlaw. Elsbeth also studied at the William and Mary College of Law Center for Legal and Court Technology in 2010, focusing on cybercrime and electronic discovery issues. She oversees LL.M. and J.S.D. student recruitment and relations, research projects and proposals, the Lachs Moot Court Competition team, the scholarship program, and she serves as the main on-campus contact for LL.M. and J.S.D. students. Elsbeth also sits on the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women at the University of Nebraska. In her free time Elsbeth works at a local non-profit supporting mothers in need of breastfeeding and postpartum depression support, co-produces independent film festival The Prairie Pride Film Festival, and is a youth mentor at Lincoln Public Schools.

Office of Admissions

University of Nebraska
College of Law

103 Ross McCollum Hall
P.O. Box 830902
Lincoln, NE 68583-0902

fax: (402)472-5185

Why Nebraska?

The University of Nebraska College of Law is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the state's capitol with a population of 250,000. Lincoln is a city full of intellectual, cultural, athletic, and other activities associated with a major university.

The University of Nebraska has over 22,000 students and the Law College has roughly 400 J.D. students. The University of Nebraska College of Law is a highly ranked, small law school with an open door policy among faculty and small class sizes. It has many graduates that have excelled in telecommunications law and space law.

Lincoln sits just a 50 minute drive to Omaha, a city with a population of 550,000 people. Omaha is home to US Strategic Command, that oversees the Joint Functional Component Command (JFCC) for Space, and has a major telecommunications company presence as well.


Assistant Dean WarrenTracy Warren
Assistant Dean of Admissions
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Tracy Warren oversees the College's recruitment of students and all admissions activities.  Prior to leading the Admissions Office, Tracy served as Associate Director of Career Services where she fostered the professional development of the student body while providing specialized career counseling designed to meet the needs of each student.


Beki Colberg
Beki Colberg

Admissions Assistant
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Beki has served as Admissions Assistant since 1987. Prior to that she worked in the College of Law Career Services Office for 3 years. She earned her B.S. in Education from UNL in 1976. As admissions assistant, Beki helps students with admissions and financial aid questions.

Contact for General Questions:

Professor Matthew Schaefer
Matthew Schaefer

Professor and Director
of Space, Cyber, and Telecom LL.M. Program
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Matt Schaefer is Director of our program. Matt graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches the required international law course in the LL.M. degree and has 12 years of teaching and research experience in international law, foreign affairs, national security and international trade areas. Matt has also served in the National Security Council (White House) as a director in the International Economic Affairs Office and has worked as a consultant for state governors on foreign affairs matters.