Legal Resources & Information

Legal Resources & Information

If you have not visited the Nebraska Online Legal Self-Help page to see if forms and instructions are available, try: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/self-help
 

Libraries

State Library
The Nebraska State Library is a public law library located on the 3rd floor of the Capitol Building, Room 325.  In addition to print materials, there are computers for conducting legal research and free WIFI.  A reference librarian is available to assist in person, by phone (402)471-3189, or email NSC.lawlibrary@nebraska.gov.

Public Libraries
Each branch has a unique collection.  Your local public library may have some legal resources and public access to computers and the internet.  To find your local library click the link above.

University of Nebraska College of Law Library
The UNL College of Law Library is located on the east campus of UNL. There is one public access computer to conduct legal research. The general telephone number to the law school is (402) 472-3547.

Creighton University Law School Library
The Creighton Law Library is located in Omaha on the corner of 21st and Cass Streets, on the second floor of the Ahmanson law Center.  There are public access computers for legal research.  Reference assistance is also available.  The general phone number is (402) 280-2875.

Low-Income Legal Services

You may not be able to afford to pay a lawyer to represent you. If so, you may be able to get free help or you may be able to represent yourself in court. Some resources are:

Legal Aid of Nebraska's Access to Justice (A2J) Center

Legal Aid of Nebraska has two A2J Centers.  These centers are self-help centers in Lancaster and Douglas Counties where low-income people can access legal resources including computers, forms, and self-help clinics.   The Omaha A2J Center is located at 209 Farnam Street, Suite 200.  The Lincoln A2J Center is located at 941 "O" Street, Ste. 825.  Call (402) 348-1069, or toll-free at (888) 991-9921, or, visit our website at http://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/get-help/help-yourself-access-to-justice/ to find out more information.

Self-Help Centers

A Self-Help Center is a free, walk-in legal information and resource center for low-income persons representing themselves in court. There are Self Help Centers in courthouses in several counties. A Self Help Center is not a substitute for professional legal advice. When you cannot afford a lawyer, however, a Self Help Center can provide legal information and resources to help you resolve a legal problem on your own. Please visit the Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Webpage for more information about Self Help Centers.

Legal Aid of Nebraska

To see if you qualify for Legal Aid of Nebraska’s services, you may apply online or by calling the AccessLine ®:

(402) 348-1060 AccessLine ® if you live in the Douglas Co. area
(877) 250-2016 AccessLine® if you live outside the Douglas Co. area
(800) 527-7249 Elder AccessLine ® if you are 60 and over
(800) 729-9908 Native American AccessLine ® if you are Native American​

Law School Legal Clinics

  • University of Nebraska College of Law Legal Clinic:  A limited number of civil cases are accepted by the UNL Legal Clinic. Clients are represented by students under the supervision of College of Law faculty. Call (402) 472-3271 to find out if they are currently taking new cases.
  • Creighton University School of Law Legal Clinic:  For Douglas County residents only. Call the Clinic at (402) 280-3068 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A limited number of cases are accepted by the Creighton Legal Clinic. Clients are represented by students under the supervision of Law School faculty.

NE Free Legal Answers

NE Free Legal Answers is a free, online legal advice clinic where qualifying low-income Nebraskans can ask a volunteer lawyer a question about a civil (non-criminal) legal problem.  Visit www.NE.freelegalanswers.org for more information and to see if you qualify to use the service.  To qualify, you must be at least 18, reside in Nebraska, you can't be incarcerated, and your household income and assets must meet poverty income guidelines.  Qualifying users will receive an email message to log back in to the website if a lawyer responds to the question. 

Limited Scope Representation by an Attorney

If you feel you can’t afford an attorney to handle your entire case, you may hire an attorney to work for you on a limited basis which can result in reduced legal costs. This means you and your lawyer decide on which tasks to split and ‘limit the scope’ of your lawyer’s work. Not all lawyers in Nebraska offer limited scope representation so you will have to ask before making an appointment.

Information for people wanting limited legal assistance
Information for lawyers

Referral Services

Referrals to private attorneys are available. Private attorneys may charge for their services.  Some lawyers offer limited-scope and modest means representation, which can be helpful to persons with limited financial resources.