I recently found out, a change is on the horizon. Nebraska will adopt the UBE (Universal Bar Exam) starting in 2013. Well luckily for me, I graduate in May 2013 (hopefully!) and will be the first class to experience the exam.
Why is this good? Well other states have adopted the UBE as well- these states according to wikipedia (Yes, I'm a law student, trained in legal research, and wiki is still my best friend)
Alabama (July 2011)
Arizona (July 2012)
Colorado (February 2012)
Idaho (February 2012)
Missouri (February 2011)
Montana (conditional approval)
Nebraska (conditional approval)
North Dakota (February 2011)
Washington (July 2013)
Normally if you take the bar exam in Nebraska....you can just practice in....Nebraska (downer) Yes, you can jump through hoops to be able to be certified to practice law in another state, but that all sounds like a mess.
The pros: There is now flexibility! That is, assuming I get a high enough score, to pass in Nebraska, and the score required in the other states to practice there as well!
The cons: The Nebraska test wasn't as difficult as some bar exams before, (but I really had very little intention on taking it here) so now it will be more difficult.
*if any of this information is incorrect, I apologize. This is from my very limited knowledge, research, and short questioning of our dean on the matter*