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?
Answer: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1, 2012 and no later than March 1, 2012 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.
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.
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: Competition for merit-based Dean's Scholarships is keen and amounts vary each year. 57% of 1Ls received a merit-based Dean's Scholarship in the Class of 2014. Virtually all Dean's Scholarship recipients have their scholarships renewed each of their three years. Merit-based scholarships are completely renewable in the second and third-year if you remain in good academic standing (2.00 law GPA on a 4.00 scale), make satisfactory progress towards your degree, and are enrolled on a full-time basis. Most scholarship recipients are notified of their award in the letter of admission.
- 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. For more information on University-based scholarships, please visit the Student Financial Aid web page. Please note the University of Oregon Diversity Excellence Scholarship, recognizing graduate students who enhance the educational experience of all students by sharing diverse cultural experiences.
- Wayne Morse Fellowships are awarded by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics to three first-year law students. The fellowships are not need-based and are initially awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal. They are based on the law student's academic achievements and a strong interest in public policy as demonstrated by their resume and personal statement.
- Environmental and Natural Resources Fellowships are awarded by the ENR Center to two or more first-year students. The fellowships are based on law student's academic achievements and a strong interest in environmental and natural resources law and policy. All fellowship appointments are for one year. A fellow may re-apply in subsequent years, but re-appointment is not automatic.
- 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.
Do you grant application fee waivers to applicants?
Answer: 1) Yes. If you receive a fee waiver from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the University of Oregon School of Law will grant you an application fee waiver.
2) Yes, if you are a Teach for America corps member. To have your application fee waived, submit the appropriate Teach for America documentation with your application. For information, visit Teach for America.
3) Yes, if you can document financial hardship. Submit a written request explaining your need for a fee waiver, attach a copy of your current financial aid award letter or of your most recent tax return, and mail it to the Office of Admissions. Your request will be reviewed and if it is approved, your application will be automatically processed. If your request is denied, we will notify you to ask that you submit the $50.00 application fee. Once the fee is received, we will process your application. Please note that an applicant's decision to apply to a large number of law schools is not a demonstration of financial hardship.
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.
How much does it cost?
Answer: For the 2012-13 academic year, tuition and fees are $28,354 for Oregon residents and $35,374 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.
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).
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.
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.
Answer: Classes begin August 25, 2014 for the fall 2014 first-year class. A mandatory orientation occurs in the week prior to the first day of classes.
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 application deadline. For more information about the LSAT and the required Law School Data Assembly Service, consult the Law School Admission Council Web site.
Answer: The American Bar Association, in surveying its member schools, asks that the highest LSAT score of each enrolled student be reported.
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 2013 class, your LSAT score must be no older than five years. This means that you must have taken the LSAT no earlier than June 2008. If your score is from a test administered before June 2008, you must retake the LSAT.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.