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I want to become a lawyer and I was wondering what schools are best for undergraduates before law school?


I really am not sure If I should go out of state or not either. I want to go to a school that will best prepare me for law school in the future. I was wondering what schools are good for pre-law in states near Oregon like in Washington state of California. I am a rising senior with a 3.85 unweighted GPA. I took 2 honors classes, going to take 5 AP classes by the end of senior year and will have taken 5 dual credit classes by the end of senior year as well.


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If you want to be a lawyer in the PacNW, there are a few good options in Oregon. Both OSU and Willamette have what is called a 6 year BA/JD program where you study 3 years of Liberal Arts and 3 years of Law School. If you go to Willamette undergrad you get auto-admitted into Willamette Law School if you get accepted into the program. If you go to OSU you can opt into Willamette or Lewis & Clark Law School, both of which are very good law schools. In CA, CalStateNorthridge has the same program with Southwestern Law School, and UC Santa Cruz partners up with UC Hastings School of Law. In Washington there is no program like that however Gonzaga has a 2 year accelerated JD program where you go 2 years straight including summers & finish in 24 months, so you are done in 6 years total instead of 7. Southwestern and Pepperdine also have a 24 month JD program as well. If you are not so much into being an attorney as soon as possible, I would just focus on getting into the best possible Liberal Arts college or National University (doesn't matter where) where you can take a variety of core curriculum courses that will help you think better and more efficiently. Like the SAT/ACT, law schools have the LSAT so you will have to prep for that and get a good score. To get into a Top 50 Law School you need a 160 or above and to get into a Top 25 Law School you need a 165 and above. It's a really hard test to get 165+ but it's doable if you have a solid Liberal Arts background and prep hard. (One or two caveats about the 3/3 BA/JD programs are that you can't pick and chose your law schools. So if you get into Columbia U or UPenn you have to go to CU or UPenn law school. Also, you might change your mind and you don't want to be stuck on a BA/JD track at a school that you aren't in love with.) Becoming a lawyer can be a very long and rewarding profession so choose wisely and don't rush it in my opinion. Focus on just getting into the best undergrad school you can and things will work themselves out for the best. Good luck.

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Thank you so much! I was considering going into Uni of Oregon Clark Honors College. Do you think that would help me more than going to other universities in Oregon? I also was considering University of Washington since they also have their own school of Law and I really value you opinion so I was wondering about your thoughts? I feel like Oregon doesn't have so many options or maybe I just haven't done enough research. If you were planning on going to Law school in Or or Wash, what would you do?
Also if you are competitive you might want to look at UC Berkeley or other North Cal schools like UCSC UC Davis Also UN Reno I’m fairly confident has a law program as well. I’m not very interested in law or even that region. If you are in Southern Oregon or can REA with it being a full day drive from Portland it’s worth a look IMO
@Roseylovegb you are most welcome. As someone who also wants to be a lawyer, if I were to stay in Oregon, I would go to Clark Honors College for 4 years and then to U of O Law School. They are ranked #1 in Oregon, then Lewis & Clark, then Willamette. Both U of O and L & C Law have more clout if you decide to work in Portland for a top law firm. Also U of W Law has equal clout. There are lots of powerful Oregon lawyers that went to both schools. For instance John Jacqua was the Nike Chief Counsel
@Roseylovegb Me, personally, I want to go to college out of state and try for a top 10-15 law school which are all out of state. I love it in OR and live in Lake O. but I don't feel this is where my peeps will be in the future.
@Roseylovegb I visited a friend from LOHS who is at Clark this year and got a tour of main building where they all eat, live and take classes. Its seemed very very nice and everyone is just a notch above in character and outlook compared to the typical U of O student. She is very happy with her choice and even met her new boyfriend at Clark as well. She seems super happy compared to all the drama at LOHS. If I had to stay in state, that's were I'd go. Maybe Reed but they don't give out grades.
@CameronBameron Thank you so much for the advice, I really appreciate it!! Genuinely curious, what path are you taking when looking at undergraduate schools and law schools?
Note that Berkeley and other University of California schools don't offer much financial aid to out of state students. You likely will end up paying over $50,000 a year if you choose that route. I'd suggest choosing a college in state, and LAC in the area, or in Washington, and then going to law school if you really think Bolt or Hastings are good investments.