The Kearney Law Opportunities Program (KLOP) is a partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska College of Law designed to recruit students from rural Nebraska and prepare them to eventually return and practice law in rural Nebraska upon graduation from law school. The KLOP application is open now through November 15, 2022.



  • Students selected for KLOP will receive a full tuition scholarship to UNK for up to 120 credit hours.
  • Each KLOP student receives one-on-one mentorship from the Pre-Law/KLOP faculty adviser throughout their time at UNK.
  • KLOP students receive numerous career and professional development opportunities, including: preferred access to law-related internships; frequent visits to the UNL College of Law; regular interactions with attorneys, judges and current law students; and extensive undergraduate research opportunities.
  • During sophomore/junior year, KLOP students spend two weeks in Europe as part of a class on international human rights law.
  • After receiving a bachelor’s degree at UNK, this program guarantees a student’s acceptance into Nebraska College of Law at UNL, provided minimum requirements are met (GPA, LSAT score).


To be considered for the KLOP, eligible applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be a rural Nebraska resident (students from the following cities and towns are not considered rural and therefore are not eligible: Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Elkhorn, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, LaVista, Chalco, Offutt Air Force Base).
  • Must be applied and admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Preferred (nor required) ACT score of 27 or above 

How to Apply

Applications for KLOP are due November 15, 2022. You will be required to set up a user name and password to complete the electronic application. Additionally, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of two individuals who can provide a letter of reference.


If you have questions about the Kearney Law Opportunities Program, please contact:
Dr. Chuck Rowling
Phone: (308) 865-8171

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Paige Langley

"EXCEPTIONAL is how I would describe the quality of my education at UNK. My courses have pushed me to be my academic best and are preparing me for the rigor of law school. Gaining hands-on experience through an internship at a local law firm and trips to the UNL College of Law have helped ensure that I will be prepared for law school upon graduation."

Paige Langley

History, Pre-Law