To be considered for admission to the University of Oregon School of Law, applicants must properly follow the instructions on the How to Apply page, which includes: registering with the Law School Admission Council, completing the Law School Admission Test, submitting a personal statement and current resume, and earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university—or the foreign equivalent whose program has been deemed comparable to that of a 4-year baccalaureate degree—prior to registration of the fall semester, beginning in August of each year.
During the admissions review process, the law school seeks future students who will achieve the highest standards of academic performance, professional responsibility, and integrity of service. Our governance is structured to include a faculty-based admissions committee, annually appointed by the dean, and chaired by a tenured member of the faculty. The admissions committee includes members of the faculty, assistant dean of admissions (ex officio), associate director of admission (ex officio), and one student nominated by the Student Bar Association. The school's mission statement is the guiding policy and set of principles for the application review process.
All first-year J.D. applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). We recommend that applicants only take the LSAT after having fully prepared for the examination. While the LSAT is offered 4 times a year, we strongly suggest taking the test no later than the December administration. Outstanding applicants who have scores from the February and June administrations will be considered. Applications for Fall 2018 will be accepted as long as space remains in the first-year class. If an applicant takes the LSAT more than once, the highest score is used for reporting purposes, but all scores will be evaluated. Scores older than five years will not be accepted. For example, if applying for the Fall 2018 entering class, the candidate must have taken the LSAT no earlier than June 2013.
Each applicant is also required to register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Applicants register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service at www.LSAC.org or by calling (215) 968-1001. LSAC will create a CAS report that contains an applicant’s LSAT score(s), writing samples, copies and analysis of academic transcripts, and copies of letters of recommendation and online evaluations We require at least 2 recommendation letters or evaluations, in any combination, to complete an applicant’s file—and recommend at least one of them be an academic recommendation or evaluation. Upon receipt of an application and application fee, we will request a copy of the CAS Report from LSAC. Once a file is deemed “complete,” the file is ready to be reviewed by the faculty admissions committee.
An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien must apply as an international student. An applicant may be required to register for and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at www.ets.org/toefl. The TOEFL is not required of international students with a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university in the U.S. or of English-speaking students from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom; the TOEFL is required of all other international students. For admission to the fall 2015 J.D. program, we will only accept TOEFL scores taken within the two years preceding the date of application. The University of Oregon has determined that its minimum TOEFL scores for international graduate admissions (which includes law school) are 575 for the paper-based TOEFL and 88 for the internet-based TOEFL. If admitted to the law school, a financial institution must certify, in U.S. dollars, that the applicant possesses the resources necessary to cover educational and living expenses while in the United States. The institution or the U.S. government may require additional documentation or information once an international student has been admitted.
We begin to accept applications on September 1 of each year. Admission decisions historically are made between January and May. Applicants are notified of the decision of the admission decision committee by letter. If an applicant is offered admission, a seat deposit is required to reserve a place in the class. The seat deposit is $600.00 and is non refundable. Of this total, $500.00 is credited to the student’s university account. The seat deposit can be made in one or two payments, by check and/or by credit card. Deadlines for payment of the seat deposit are included in the letter of admission. Failure to meet a seat deposit deadline can result in the rescinding of the offer of admission.
As mentioned above, failure to meet a seat deposit deadline can result in the rescinding of the offer of admission by the law school. Additionally, the law school reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission: 1) if the applicant fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress; 2) if final transcripts fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for matriculation; 3) if incomplete or inaccurate information was submitted by the applicant; 4) or if personal or professional conduct issues bring into question the fitness of the applicant for legal study or membership in the bar.
Previous applicants to the JD program may reapply. As a reapplicant, the admissions committee prefers new and updated materials be submitted. Letters of recommendation written within 2 years of the date of the new application are preferred.
Admitted applicants may use their reservation statement to request a one-year deferment of admission. The Admissions Committee considers deferment requests on a case-by-case basis. Admitted applicants must submit the entire non refundable $600.00 seat deposit with the deferment request. If a request is approved, the admitted applicant’s seat deposit will be processed immediately and applied to the next cycle. If it is not approved, the deposit is returned to the applicant. An offer of scholarship is not automatically deferred.
Visit http://admissions.uoregon.edu/freshmen/residency/ for residency information. If residency is claimed in an application, but the law school is unable to verify residency, applicants will be sent a letter directing them to complete and return a residency affidavit. The residency affidavit must be completed and submitted to change residency status for tuition classification purposes.
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Law students and other members of the legal community are expected to maintain high standards of professionalism. The Oregon Law application includes several questions about personal, professional, and academic conduct. If any aspect of an applicant’s responses to questions or if any part of an application has changed since it was first submitted, the applicant must immediately contact the Admissions Office. The Admissions Committee will review the change or changes to the application to determine if further action is required. One action could be the rescinding of the offer of admission.
Admission to the state bar involves consideration of one’s character and moral fitness for the practice of law. Law schools are asked to comment on bar applicants in this regard. It is important, therefore, that applicants disclose any changes to their applications. Some jurisdictions require applications to law school as a part of its review for membership the state bar. Applicants who have questions or concerns about bar admission are advised to contact the jurisdiction(s) in which they intend to practice to discuss bar membership requirements. To contact the Oregon State Bar (OSB) about requirements for bar membership, call (503) 622-0222 or visit www.osbar.org.
At the University of Oregon, the “University of Oregon Student Conduct Code,” “School of Law Exam Regulations and Procedures,” and “Library Regulations” comprises the Honor Code for law students. The Honor Code is included in “The Holding,” the law student handbook. In this way Oregon Law calls to the special attention of its students, the standards of conduct to which all University of Oregon students, including law students, are expected to adhere.
The Honor Code and detailed information about student conduct and community standards can be found at the Dean of Students website for the University of Oregon, http://studentlife.uoregon.edu. Students must read and be familiar with the code and will be held accountable to all of its provisions.