Law School - is it for me?
Law school is very different than most undergraduate institutions. While law school students learn to become better thinkers, writers, and speakers, law school is not an extension of an undergraduate degree program.
Here are a few ways that law school differs from undergraduate education:
- Focus: Studies in law school will be more focused, all classes being law-related and including very few electives.
- Teaching Method: Many law schools utilize the Socratic Method, meaning students will be required to comprehend a large amount of information regarding legal cases and will be called upon regularly in the classroom. This case method is very effective at testing a student's ability to synthesize information and apply it to new situations.
- Grades: Grades are based almost exclusively on one final exam and students will not see any type of evaluation until the end of the term.
There is no standard curriculum for all law schools. Although most law schools cover similar topics within the first year of schooling - civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and criminal procedure, legal methods, legal writing and research, property law, and torts - all have unique faculty and research emphasis.
Want to Learn More About OSU's Pre-Law Programs?
Oregon State offers a variety of resources and opportunities for students considering a career in law. For more information about pre-law advising, professional networking, and extracurricular activities, visit: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/spp/polisci/programs/pre-law.
Oregon State now offers students two options for accelerated bachelor's/JD programs. Through partnerships with Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College, highly motivated and qualified students can earn both undergraduate and law degrees in six years instead of seven. Students spend their first three years at OSU's main campus in Corvallis, OR pursuing a major in one of the approved 3+3 degree tracks. The second three years are spent at either Willamette University's College of Law in Salem, OR or at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. More information about the 3+3 programs can be found here.
Students considering law school or a career in a law-related field should contact Jason Tanenbaum, the Pre-Law Coordinator, to set up an advising appointment.