Nebraska Admission Laws


Nebraska admission laws are stated in Chapter 7 of Nebraska Revised Statutes, and Articles1 and 4 of Chapter 3 in Nebraska Rules of Court.  Nebraska Supreme Court is the admitting body.  Applicant should hold a law degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.

Recognized exams are Multistate Bar Examination, Multistate Essay Examination. Applicant should also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination with a scale score of 85.

Attorneys from other states are occasionally admitted to appear in a case or proceeding in Nebraska upon making a motion and taking an oath.  However, the other state attorney should be accompanied by a Nebraska attorney as an associate in that case.  For an attorney from other state to be admitted to have a general practice in Nebraska, s/he should have been practicing law for five out of seven years in his/her state, immediately preceding the application.

Each attorney should dedicate 10 hours yearly to Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

Neb. Ct. R. § 3-116

Ҥ 3-116. Passing standards
   The passing standard for the bar examination is a grade of 135 on a single administration of the examination, determined by averaging the scaled score on the MBE (multiple choice) and the scaled score on the MEE (essay). The passing score for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination is 85.”

R.R.S. Neb. § 7-103

“§ 7-103. Practice by nonresident attorneys; requirements; reciprocity 
   Any regularly admitted practicing attorney in the courts of record of another state or territory, having professional business in the courts of record of this state may, on motion, be admitted to practice for the purpose of said business only in any of said courts upon taking the oath as required by section 7-104, and upon it being made to appear to the court by a written showing filed therein that he has associated and appearing with him in the action an attorney who is a resident of Nebraska duly and regularly admitted to practice in the courts of record of this state upon whom service may be had in all matters connected with said action with the same effect as if personally made on such foreign attorney within this state; Provided, regularly licensed practicing attorneys of other states, the laws of which states permit the practice in its courts of attorneys from this state without a local attorney being associated with such attorney, shall not be required to comply with the provisions of this section.”
Neb. Ct. R. § 3-101

Ҥ 3-101. Admission of attorneys; time of examination; filing of application

   Examination of applicants for admission to the bar will be held on the days set for the National Multistate Bar Examination and for the Multistate Essay Examination; provided, however, that the commission may hold examinations at such other times and places as it may deem advisable. The application for examination must be filed with the secretary of the bar commission as provided in § 3-102.      Commencing in 1991, and thereafter, each candidate for admission on examination in Nebraska must have passed the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination as a requirement for admission to practice law in Nebraska. The passing score will be established from time to time by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The examination may be taken by the applicant at any location where it is administered.”