How do I choose a law school that is right for me?
- Law School Features to Evaluate – describes factors you can consider when determining which school best fits your academic and professional goals
- LSAC Official Law School Guide – a directory of information about law school curricula, clinical opportunities, and more. Includes a feature to project odds of admssion based on your GPA and LSAT score
- ABA Required Disclosures – also called 509 Reports, a directory of statistics regarding admissions, cost, diversity, financial aid, and bar passage rates organized by law school
- ABA Employment Summary Report – a reference that describes employment statistics for law school graduates. Includes information on the sectors of the legal field in which graduates are working, and whether their employment is full-time vs. part-time, and long-term vs. short-term
- Law School Lists – A reference guide of law schools’ admission policies and program offerings. Addresses topics such as deferring admission, December and February LSAT scores, scholarship opportunities, and more
What skills do lawyers (and law school applicants) need?
Law school applicants should seek to develop the following skills inside and outside of the classroom:
- ABA Statement on Prelaw Preparation – the American Bar Association lists skills, values, knowledge, and experience that law schools seek in their applicants
- LSAC Evaluation Service Questions (Archived) – though the Evaluation Service is no longer part of the law school application process, the categories it included are still relevant to the skills and traits that law schools seek in their applicants. These categories can guide the development of your application, including your personal statement and letters of recommendation.
While the American Bar Association values skills such as problem solving, critical reading, writing and editing, and research over specific majors or courses, there are opportunities to explore law-related issues at UO. Opportunities include:
- Courses represented in the General Social Science: Crime, Law, and Society concentration
- You can search for current Crime, Law, and Society classes in the class schedule under the subject code GSCL
- Courses represented in the Legal Studies minor
- LAW 250: Intro to Legal Research (2 cr) emphasizes research skills of particular value in law school
- Concentrations such as:
- Courses in the minor for Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning can provide opportunities to reinforce skills valuable for law school
- ENG 330: Oral Controversy and Advocacy, for example, emphasizes public speaking and debate on current political and legal issues
- ANTH 176: Intro to Forensic Anthropology may be of interest to students curious about forensic science
- While the above classes may be relevant, any courses that emphasize writing, research, and critical reasoning can be appropriate for preparation for law school
Where do lawyers work? What do they do?
- *NEW* Legal Practice Areas – Hear from law firms and attorneys about various legal practice areas, including what lawyers do, realities of the job, and current issues in the field
- Fields of Law – information about different subfields of law, such as criminal law, human rights law, immigration law, and sports and entertainment law
- What do lawyers do? – sectors of the legal field – information on the settings in which lawyers practice, including government work, public interest law, and private firms
- *NEW* Official Guide to Legal Specialties (book) – By Abrams. Provides a description of various legal practice areas, including what day-to-day work looks like, clients served, and skills that will support entry to that field
- *NEW* 24 Hours with 24 Lawyers (book) – By Kim. Walks the reader through a 24 hour day with lawyers from a variety of practice areas
- *NEW* I Am The Law – Podcast featuring interviews with lawyers from a variety of practice areas
How much do lawyers make?
The answer may surprise you! Starting salaries for legal professionals can vary widely.
- Salary Distribution Curve for new law school graduates – depicts the bimodal distribution of starting salaries for recent law school graduates
- Starting Salaries for Law School Graduates – provides detailed description of the range of starting salaries for recent law school graduates
- Employment-related questions to ask when considering a law school – factors to consider when determining how a law school could prepare you for entry into a competitive legal job market
What do you study in law school?
- Inside Law School – provides an overview of law school curriculum, as well as extracurricular opportunities to supplement your learning