Advisors Andrew Wahlstrom & Becca Schulze
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Most law schools have no requirements for a pre-law curriculum and will accept a bachelor’s degree in any major. You should develop an educational program that is broad, yet provides depth of understanding in at least one subject area, along with fundamental insights into human institutions and values. The emphasis should be on a degree program that meets your needs and interests, that you find challenging, and in which you will do your best work and will earn good grades.
Legal educators agree that the development of particular skills and habits will contribute more to success in law school than a major in any one subject. Therefore, your coursework should focus on strengthening habits of thoroughness, intellectual curiosity, scholarship, the ability to research a topic, write concisely, analyze information, and think critically. Verbal and written communication skills are very important.
Courses in literature, language, composition, logic, and linguistics are directly concerned with the cultivation of these skills. In addition, lawyers must be adept at problem-solving and organizing information to support a point of view. Courses in political science, economics, American and British history, journalism, philosophy, and business principles will provide you with an opportunity to practice these skills and to gain an understanding of social institutions and values. Participating in debating teams hones important skills.
Students can make appointments to see the Pre-Law adviser from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. In addition to advising services, a comprehensive library and resource center is maintained. Students can research various law schools, occupational opportunities, legal education in the United States, and peruse study guides on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Pre-professional workshops on legal education are conducted throughout the academic year. Call the Office of Academic Advising at 346-3211 for the time and date of these workshops.
Students may also call Larry Seno, Director of Admissions, at the University of Oregon School of Law (346-3846) for assistance and educational counseling.