Department of Politics and Government Pre-Law
The Department of Political Science offers a pre-law advising service in order to provide students with the help they need to prepare for law school throughout their years at Pacific University. The Prelaw Advisor is Bob Van Dyk.
In order to be admitted to an accredited law school, an applicant must complete four years of undergraduate education and take a standardized test called the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation and personal statements.
While there are some variations from state to state, the standards for legal education and licensure are fairly uniform. Law students take a course of studies lasting three or more years, typically leading to a Juris Doctor (Doctor of Law) degree. The program usually includes subjects like constitutional law, contracts, torts, civil procedure, evidence, wills and trusts, criminal law and electives that relate to the student’s area of interest.