If you're just considering a paralegal career or you're already deep into your studies we have resources to help you where you're at.
Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, are a distinguishable group of professionals who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training, and experience, paralegals have knowledge and experience regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law that qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney. In all 50 states, legal assistants are prohibited from practicing law. They cannot represent a client in court or give legal advice. Paralegals are employed in private law offices, corporations, and governmental agencies.
Paralegal Student Scholarships
We offer scholarships to paralegal students at accredited institutions in Nebraska who meet certain eligibility requirements. Membership is encouraged but non-members are also eligible to apply.
Find more basic information about the paralegal profession and what schools offer paralegal programs in Nebraska with Frequently Asked Questions.
Become a Student Member at NePA
Student members get access to all the great benefits of NePA to help you jumpstart your career and Student Membership is free!
Workflow Series Presentation
The Workflow Series, brainchild of the late Stephanie Henson, ACP, is a free presentation by the NePA Student Services Committee offered to paralegal students preparing to enter the workforce. This one-hour program addresses etiquette relevant to interviews, telephones, elevators, client interactions; law office attire and grooming; individual workplace cultures; ethical guidelines for file management, client contact, electronic communication and social media. There is also time for Q & A at the end. Parties who would like to invite a presentation to their group may contact the either of the Student Services Committee Chair via email to or Katie Wibbels, ACP at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Vik at email@example.com.
What Past Students Say
"I learned early on as a paralegal student at Metro that student members of NePA are given opportunities to network with working paralegals. It was through making friends with other student members and attending monthly luncheons that I first became involved in helping with NePA seminars. Those early, important contacts led me to eventually holding office and serving on various committees and the NePA Board of Directors. Also, as a non-traditional student, I was relieved to learn that I wasn't the only "50-something" paralegal student starting a new career! The networking potential for students is one of the most important perks of NePA – it worked for me and I know it can work for you! I will soon retire from my 25 year career as a paralegal and if I had it to do over again, joining NePA would remain the first life changing step on my paralegal ladder."
"NePA was a great resource for me as a student. The luncheons are not only informative, but also a great place to network and meet other paralegals in the Omaha area. When the time came for me to graduate and find a job, the career section of the NePA website was the place that connected me with my current employer. I would highly recommend joining NePA to every paralegal student."