There is no specific pre-law major program at OSU. Students wanting to be competitive candidates for admission to law school should pursue undergraduate studies—in whichever major they choose—that help develop strong analytical thinking skills, critical thinking skills, logical reasoning skills, and written and oral communication skills. Certain majors and specific courses may be of particular use to students considering a career in law. The School of Public Policy offers pre-law advising to students of all majors. The Pre-Law advisor is available to discuss this and other issues relevant to pre-law students. The College of Liberal Arts also offers a pre-law guide to law school through their website.
To receive email updates about law related events and resources on campus, please subscribe to the pre-law email listserv http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/law.
The Pre-Law advisor is available to meet with all students who are interested in law. Common topics include:
- Should I go to law school?
- Preparing for law school
- Choosing a law school
- Applying to law school
- Alternatives to law school
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The Pre-Law Society is a student organization devoted to students interested in attending law school. The group's focus is on networking with other students and legal professionals, preparing for the LSAT, researching law schools, and completing law school applications. All interested students, from any department at OSU, are welcome to join. Jason Tanenbaum, the Pre-Law Coordinator, serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Pre-Law Society.
For more information, visit http://stuorgs.oregonstate.edu/prelawsociety/ or subscribe to the group listserv here: http://lists.oregonstate.edu/mailman/listinfo/pre-lawsociety.
The OSU Mock Trial team is a student-run organization that competes in intercollegiate tournaments sanctioned by the American Mock Trial Association. Each year, the AMTA releases a fictional legal controversy to the 350 participating colleges and universities. The cases include detailed affidavits from expert and lay witnesses, descriptions of physical evidence, as well as potentially relevant statutes, case law, and rules of evidence. Teams utilize this information to formulate a case theory, prepare a trial strategy, and ultimately conduct a trial at the tournaments. While some students act as attorneys and others as witnesses, the goals of the team are for all students to learn about law and trial procedures, to strengthen their organizational and communication skills, and to develop relationships with teammates and members of other teams. Jason Tanenbaum serves as faculty advisor and coach of the team.
The mock trial season begins promptly at the beginning of fall term. Students interested in the team should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as early as spring term of the prior year.
For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateUniversityMockTrial on Facebook.
3+3 Accelerated degree programs
OSU has partnered with Willamette University and Lewis & Clark College to offer two accelerated bachelors/law degree programs. Highly motivated and qualified 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 last three years are spent at either Willamette University's College of Law in Salem, OR or at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR. This enables students to earn both bachelor's and JD degrees in six years instead of seven.
For more details about the 3+3 programs, please visit http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/3plus3/.
Law School Scholarships
Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys, LLP is pleased to announce a scholarship available to students anticipating attending law school in the fall. The $1,000 scholarship is intended to help defray first-year expenses for students graduating from an Oregon University that have been accepted into an accredited law school anywhere in the United States. Further information, requirements, and the application can be found here: http://www.roydwyer.com/scholarship/.