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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for financial aid?
  • What kind of need-based aid is available?
  • What kinds of scholarships do you offer first year students?
  • Do you grant application fee waivers to applicants?
  • Do you offer loan repayment assistance?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Must letters of recommendation come from faculty members?
  • Are residents of Oregon given preferential treatment in the admission process?
  • How do I qualify for state residency?
  • When does school begin?
  • When should I take the LSAT?
  • Do you average the LSAT if students take it more than once?
  • What if I took the LSAT in the past? Can I submit an older score? Or do I have to retake the test?
  • When considering a student who has a graduate degree does the law school look at the applicant's graduate program GPA or the applicant's undergraduate GPA?
  • May I earn another graduate degree at the same time as my J.D.?
  • I applied to the University of Oregon School of Law in a prior year. Must I submit a new application, personal statement, resume, and letters of reference?
  • What kind of housing is available?
  • Do you offer special incentives to Teach for America participants?
  • How do I apply for financial aid?

    Answer: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1, 2015 and no later than March 1, 2015 to the University of Oregon Office of Student Financial Aid. Ensure that you designate the University of Oregon as a recipient of your FAFSA report.

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    What kind of need-based aid is available?

    Answer: Filing a FAFSA will help determine your eligibility for need-based financial aid. As a law student, you are considered "independent" rather than "dependent' for financial aid purposes. Please visit our Financial Services page for more information. About 90% of our students qualify for need-based financial aid.

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    What kinds of scholarships do you offer first-year students?

    Answer: If you are interested in being considered for a merit-based scholarship, no additional form is required. You are automatically considered for a Dean's Scholarship when you are admitted to the first-year J.D. program.

    There are several opportunities for scholarship and fellowship assistance available to first-year law students:

    • Law School Dean's Scholarships: 
    • For the Oregon Law Merit Scholarship amounts vary each year. The vast majority of 1Ls received a merit-based scholarship in the Class of 2017. Virtually all scholarship recipients have their scholarships renewed each of their three years. Merit-based scholarships are reduced pro rata for students who are less than full time.   For example, if a student is enrolled half-time the student will receive a 50% scholarship.
    • Other Law School Scholarships: Some 1L scholarships have specific criteria that you must meet as a recipient. Most scholarship recipients are notified of their award in the letter of admission. The law school offers additional scholarships to 2L and 3L students. 
    • Other scholarships offered by the University of Oregon require an application.  There are two scholarships available to law students through the University: the General University Scholarship and the Diversity Excellence Scholarship. The deadline to be considered for these scholarships is January 15.  For more information on University-based scholarships, please visit the Student Financial Aid web page
    • The Oregon Law 1L Fellowship program provides an early and unique opportunity for a small group of entering Oregon Law first-year students to be introduced to a specific area of the law. You assist with project development, coordinate special lectures and events, and perform research. As a 1L Fellow, you play a role in impacting real-world problems as you work closely with dynamic professors and program directors. Fellowships carry a stipend of $4250.00.

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    Do you grant application fee waivers to applicants?

    Answer: 1) The first year JD application fee for the entering class of Fall 2015 has been waived for applicants who apply by our priority deadline of March 1, 2015.

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    Do you offer loan repayment assistance?

    Answer: Yes, the University of Oregon School of Law offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to its recent graduates.

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    How much does it cost?

    Answer: For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition and fees are $30,586 for Oregon residents and $38,056 for nonresidents. Please see our tuition and fees page for more details. The cost of living in Eugene, Oregon, is quite favorable when compared to most other West Coast cities where law schools are located. Tuition and fees are subject to revision each summer by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education.

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    Must letters of recommendation come from faculty members?

    Answer: Generally, letters of recommendation from professors are preferable because faculty members are best equipped to address the academic preparedness of an applicant for law school. However, if it has been some time since you earned your degree, a recommendation from an employer is acceptable. The employer's recommendation should speak to attributes that would be relevant to your suitability for the rigors of legal education, rather than be a character reference. Letters from family members are discouraged. Letters should be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

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    Are residents of Oregon given preferential treatment in the admission process?

    Answer:  Though the University of Oregon School of Law is one of three law schools in Oregon, we are the state's only public law school. We are committed to enrolling talented Oregon residents. The School of Law, though, receives applications from throughout the country, a testimony to the institution's national reputation. In recent years, Oregon residents have constituted about 30 – 40% of the first-year class.

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    How do I qualify for state residency?

    Answer: Applicants seeking admission as Oregon residents must complete the residency questions that are included in the application for admission. Residency information may be found here.

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    When does school begin?

    Answer: Classes begin August 24, 2015 for the fall 2015 first-year class. A mandatory orientation occurs in the week prior to the first day of classes.

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    When should I take the LSAT?

    Answer:  Take the LSAT after you have fully prepared for the examination. While the LSAT is offered four times a year, we strongly suggest that you take the test no later than the December administration. Outstanding applicants who have scores from the February and June administrations will be considered, however. March 1 is our priority application deadline. For more information about the LSAT and the required Law School Data Assembly Service, consult the Law School Admission Council Web site.

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    Do you average the LSAT if students take it more than once?

    Answer: The American Bar Association, in surveying its member schools, asks that the highest LSAT score of each enrolled student be reported.

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    What if I took the LSAT in the past? Can I submit an older score? Or do I have to retake the test?

    Answer:  The LSAT is administered four times each year, beginning in June. It is then usually offered in October, December, and the following February. If you are applying for admission to the Fall 2015 class, your LSAT score must be no older than five years. This means that you must have taken the LSAT no earlier than June 2010. If your score is from a test administered before June 2010, you must retake the LSAT.

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    When considering a student who has a graduate degree does the law school look at the applicant's graduate program GPA or the applicant's undergraduate GPA?

    Answer:  The admissions committee undertakes a holistic review of each individual application. This means it takes into account all of the information provided. Nonetheless, the possession of an advanced degree (such as a master's or Ph.D., or an international law degree) does not ensure admission. (Please note that the grade point averages reported for the profile of the first-year class use undergraduate grade point averages.)

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    May I earn another graduate degree at the same time as my J.D.?

    Answer: 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.

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    I applied to the University of Oregon School of Law in a prior year. Must I submit a new application, personal statement, resume, and letters of reference?

    Answer: The admissions committee prefers that you submit new application materials. Please see How to apply for instructions for first-year applicants.

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    What kind of housing is available?

    Answer: Graduate student housing, owned by the University of Oregon, is open to law students. Please contact University Housing for more information. Most law students live off-campus within a short walk or ride to the university. Information about housing is sent to you shortly after you receive your letter of admission from the law school. The Register Guard, Eugene's local daily newspaper, publishes rental housing and lists homes for sale.

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    Do you offer special incentives to Teach for America participants?

    Answer: The University of Oregon School of Law is a partner with Teach for America recognizing a joint commitment to public service. TFA corps members can apply for admission without paying the application fee. In addition, TFA corps members who are admitted to the law school but wish to begin their two years of service prior to entering law school are guaranteed a two-year deferral. Please submit the appropriate Teach for America documentation with your application to the University of Oregon School of Law to have your fee waiver granted. Please visit Teach for America for more information.

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