How to Apply to the J.D. Program

Important Dates

We begin accepting applications for Fall 2016 on September 15, 2015. You are encouraged to apply early. If you apply before March 1, 2016, at the Law School Admissions Council website, your application fee will be waived. Each admitted student is also evaluated for a scholarship at the time of admission. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

If you have already applied to our program and would like a status update on your application, please use the link below:

Oregon Law First-Year J.D. Application – Apply Now

  1. Register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) at or call (215) 968-1001. The LSAT is offered four times a year. Oregon Law will accept test scores from each administration, so long as seats remain in the 1L class. Applicants who are admitted to Oregon Law will be given full consideration for scholarships so long as funding remains available. If you take the LSAT more than once, your highest score is used for reporting purposes, but all scores will be evaluated. If you are applying for the Fall 2016 entering class, your LSAT score must be no older than five years, meaning, you must have taken the LSAT no earlier than June 2011.
  2. Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at or by calling (215) 968-1001. LSAC will create a CAS report that contains your LSAT score(s), a copy of your LSAT writing sample, copies and analysis of your academic transcripts, and copies of your letters of recommendation and online evaluations (we require at least two recommendation letters to complete your file). Upon receipt of your application and application fee, we will request a copy of your CAS Report from LSAC.
  3. We require you to submit a "Why Oregon?" essay and résumé. Pay close attention to the guidelines in the application for your "Why Oregon?" essay and résumé. Include your name on any documents attached to the application.
  4. Please note that the absence of any required documents described above would prevent your application from being reviewed. See our "FAQ" web page for more information about applying to the University of Oregon School of Law.
  5. If you previously applied to our JD program, you may reapply. As a re-applicant, the admissions committee prefers that you submit new and updated materials. Letters of recommendation written after September 1, 2013, are preferred.
  6. After your application has been submitted online at and we have processed it, we will email you an acknowledgment that we received your application.  In this email, you will receive a username and password in order to access the status of your application online, as well as other important details regarding the completion of your file and preparing it for review.  You may monitor the status of your application by visiting your Application Status page at LSAC.  All decisions made by the admissions committee will either be mailed via USPS or emailed; the committee's decision on your file will not be disclosed on your application status page. Admission decisions are made between December and May for the fall semester beginning in August 2016.

NOTE: If you previously attended law school and are applying to begin law school as a 1L student again, you are required to meet these additional application requirements.

International Applicants for the First-Year J.D. Program

If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien, you must apply as an international student. International applicants are encouraged to complete the application process as early as possible to accommodate scholarship and financial aid consideration.

Follow the directions as outlined above for first-year J.D. applicants, with the following additions:

  1. Register for and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 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. For admission to the fall 2016 J.D. program, we will only accept TOEFL scores taken within the two years preceding the date of your application. The University of Oregon has determined that the university's 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.
  2. If you are admitted to the law school, your financial institution must certify, in U.S. dollars, that you possess 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.

Transfer or Visitor Applicants to the J.D. Program

Oregon Law Fall 2016 Transfer or Visitor J.D. Application

Transfer Credit Policy

The University of Oregon School of Law welcomes both transfer students and visiting students. There is no application fee for transfer or visitor applicants. If you would like to experience Oregon Law firsthand as a prospective student, either at our Eugene campus or at our Portland campus, our Office of Admissions is happy to make arrangements for you to spend a morning or afternoon with us. If you have additional questions, our contact information is provided below. Thank you for your interest in the University of Oregon School of Law.

Both transfer and visitor applicants should follow the directions below and complete the same application, which is available at  

Please submit the following documents through

  • The transfer/visitor application for admission.  The application requires a “Statement of Interest” explaining your reasons for applying to Oregon Law.
  • A current resume, as an attachment with your application at

Please request that the following documents be sent directly to us from your law school:

  • A signed “letter of good standing” from a dean or the registrar at your current law school.  This letter must explain whether you are in good academic standing, whether you have been the subject of a disciplinary and/or honor code inquiry or proceeding, and whether you are eligible to return to the law school.
  • An official law school transcript.
  • Notation of class rank.  (This could be provided in the letter of good standing or on the official law school transcript.)
  • A copy of the first page of your LSAC Candidate Assembly Service (CAS) report (to be sent by your law school).  Please note that if you are admitted, you must request that an original, full CAS report be sent directly from LSAC to our Office of Admissions prior to enrollment.
  • One letter for recommendation from a professor at your current law school.

The mailing address for Oregon Law is:

University of Oregon School of Law
Office of Admissions
1221 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1221

Other Graduate Degree Programs

The University of Oregon offers several concurrent degree programs in the areas of business administration, environmental studies, international studies, journalism, community & regional planning, public administration, and conflict and dispute resolution. In addition, Oregon State University offers a Master’s degree in water resources concurrently with the School of Law J.D. program. Each graduate program has application processes and requirements that are separate from the School of Law.