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 high school students from rural Nebraska and prepare them to eventually return and practice law in rural Nebraska. To apply, you must have applied and been admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The KLOP application is open now through November 15, 2023. Access the online application below and click on "Admitted Incoming Freshmen” to apply.


  • 94%Percent of UNK Pre-Law students who apply to law school and are accepted into a law school program.
  • Nov. 15Deadline to apply for KLOP.
  • 33+Number of students freshmen to senior year who are participating in the KLOP program.

*Based on internal data of known UNK Pre-Law students, 2018-2023

Benefits of KLOP

  • 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). 

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  • 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 apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  • Minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Preferred (but not required) ACT score of 27 or above.

How to Apply

  • The KLOP application deadline is November 15, 2023.
  • Access the online application and click on “Admitted Incoming Freshmen.”
  • You must set up a user name and password to complete the electronic application.
  • You will be asked to complete two essays.
  • Provide names and emails of two individuals who can provide a reference letter.
Braden Peterworth

“I could not feel more CONFIDENT as I begin my journey away from UNK and towards law school. KLOP has provided me an affordable, high-level undergraduate experience. It has also grown my network as I move into the post-undergraduate aspect of a legal career and opened my eyes to opportunities to work and practice in rural Nebraska.”

Braden Peterworth

Political Science, Pre-Law

UNK Pre-Law Day

Have you ever considered law school or pursuing a career in law? The Pre-Law Day event will allow you to meet with current students, faculty and local attorneys, and learn about the opportunities available within our Pre-Law program, including KLOP. The event is on campus and free to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and parents are welcome to attend with their student.

The next Pre-Law Day will happen in Fall 2024. Exact date and registration details will be available closer to the event.


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