To protect the public, the law says only lawyers may give legal advice. A non-lawyer may be partially trained in some specific areas, but he or she does not have the necessary legal training to competently represent you.
Your lawyer’s license to practice, granted by the Nebraska Supreme Court, is your assurance he or she has met all of the necessary requirements to become a lawyer.
To practice law in Nebraska, all attorneys must be members of the Nebraska State Bar Association. To be admitted to the Bar, they must complete college and graduate from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree; pass a comprehensive examination given by the Nebraska State Bar Commission; be of good character; pledge to uphold the constitutions of the United States and the State of Nebraska; and pledge to discharge their duties as attorneys to the best of their ability.
Most attorneys regularly attend continuing legal education seminars on various areas of the law. This helps them stay current on the law and better serve their clients. A lawyer is first and foremost an officer of the court, authorized to explain and interpret the law for you and to represent your interests both in and out of court.