The Rural Law Opportunities Program (RLOP) is a dynamic partnership between Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska College of Law designed to recruit students from rural areas and train them to become lawyers that will return and practice in their communities. The RLOP application is open now through Dec. 1.
Participants in the program receive their bachelor’s degrees at WSC and are then guaranteed admittance into the Nebraska College of Law. If selected to participate, students in the WSC RLOP program will receive the following contingent upon maintaining the conditions of the program:
- Full tuition Wayne State College scholarship
- Guaranteed admission to Nebraska College of Law
- Those not selected for the program will be considered for other scholarships.
To be considered for RLOP, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be a rural Nebraska resident (students from the following cities and towns are not considered rural and therefore not eligible to apply to RLOP: Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Elkhorn, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Chalco, and Offutt Air Force Base).
- Have applied and been accepted to Wayne State College. Apply now
- Demonstrate strong academic potential.
- All materials must be sent to and received by WSC no later than Dec. 1 for application consideration for the following academic year
"RLOP provides invaluable experience and opportunity to gain insight into our academic and professional careers. The program encourages us to pursue academic excellence at Wayne State. It also prepares us for law school by taking us to visit UNL Law, offering LSAT prep, and giving us the chance to speak with current law students and professors. Additionally, RLOP students are set up for professional success through discussion of the realities of practicing rural law with current attorneys."
Hometown: North Bend, Neb.
Majors: Political Science, History
“Nebraska Law is excited to partner with Wayne State with the Rural Law Opportunities Program. We think the program will expand opportunities for rural Nebraskans to receive a strong undergraduate and legal education. We also expect the RLOP will create a steady flow of lawyers returning to Greater Nebraska to help satisfy a growing demand for legal services in rural parts of the state.”
Dr. Richard Moberly
Nebraska College of Law
“This is a wonderful opportunity for a young person who is interested in practicing law in a rural setting. They will visit the law school, meet practitioners, and learn about the court system. They will progress through the program with the other RLOP students as colleagues, similar to what they will experience in law school. This program will give them an edge by learning what to expect.”
Dr. Laura Dendinger
WSC Business Professor