Students may get advising for professional or graduate programs in the Office of Academic Advising and in other departments across campus. Some of the programs simply require a bachelor’s degree for admission, while others require specific undergraduate courses, standardized examinations, and field experience. Students may get advising for the following professions in the following departments:
Office of Academic Advising
364 Oregon Hall
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.
The University of Oregon School of Law offers a variety of Undergraduate Legal Studies and Conflict Resolution courses intended to orient students to different critical issues and areas of practice within the field of Law. A list of current Undergraduate Legal Studies course offerings can be found on the University School of Law website.
Questions about pre-law at the University of Oregon? Students can call 541-346-3211 to arrange an appointment with UO’s pre-law advisor. Additionally, for students interested in learning more about law school, the University of Oregon holds an on-campus Law Fair each November with representation law schools from across the United States.
College of Education
Students who want an elementary teaching license can complete an undergraduate degree in education, and then complete a graduate degree for licensure. Students interested in elementary education can apply for the UO undergraduate major in Educational Foundations (EdF). The EdF major addresses the critical needs in the preparation of future elementary teachers by engaging students in a critical examination of political, cultural, and social issues in education. This bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare graduates for competitive admissions into graduate teacher licensure programs in Oregon and around the country (the EdF major does NOT culminate in licensure). If one was interested in seeking a teaching license at UO, they would apply to UO Teach. Completion of UO Teach leads to a teaching license and a master’s of education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning. Students interested in the bachelor's degree in Educational Foundations may contact Angel Dorantes in the College of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-346-0658. More information is available at the Educational Foundations.
Students who want a middle-secondary teaching license should complete their undergraduate degree in the content area in which they want to teach, and then apply to a graduate program. Appropriate areas of undergraduate preparation include: foreign language—French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish; language arts; social studies; biology, chemistry, physics, integrated science; and mathematics (basic, advanced). Students interested in social studies will want to take coursework in geography and history, though they may major in political science, sociology, or another field. Students interested in language arts will want to take coursework—and possibly major—in English. The Education Careers Advising Team (ECAT) is composed of faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences. ECAT assists students in completing the B.A. or B.S. degree in a way that ensures strong preparation in specific subject matter for a middle/secondary graduate program.
Teaching & Learning Center
Are you interested in a health care profession? The Health Professions Program can help you prepare for your chosen field. They can help you look at major selection, off-campus exploration, grad school preparation, and in many other ways. So if you are thinking about a field from anesthesiology to veterinary medicine, the Health Professions Program is for you.