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For those looking ahead to law school, Lewis & Clark is a perfect fit. The skills we teach all our students—critical and creative thinking, analytical reasoning, and persuasive communication—are the skills you’ll need to succeed throughout law school and your career.

“'After working in D.C. and talking to mentors, I decided that a legal degree was going to be the right route for the public interest career I wanted,' he said. 'I am absolutely certain that I would not have made it through the Stanford Law admissions process without help from my professors at Lewis & Clark.'” Ben Brysacz ’09

Read about a 2009 alum.

A law degree prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers in law, business, government, and politics. In law school, students do study specific legal subjects, but the study of law is about much more than that. Students learn how to read a case, how to analyze a situation to determine which laws and which facts are relevant, and how to apply law to a specific set of facts. They learn how to articulate legal analysis both in writing and speech.

Because the experiences of law students and graduates are so diverse, law schools do not require, and we do not prescribe, a single course of study as pre-law preparation. In fact, students have gone to law school after majoring in almost every field at Lewis & Clark. Your plans should be based on your interests and objectives in studying law. Faculty advisors do usually recommend courses that cultivate analytical and writing skills as excellent preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and for subsequent work in law school.

Recent graduates of Lewis & Clark have pursued legal education at Duke, University of California at Berkeley, Boston College, Emory, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, Tulane, Lewis & Clark Law School, and many other fine schools throughout the country. Some graduates elect to go directly into the study of law after graduation; others wait a year or two before applying to law school.

Positions held by graduates include law school professor, U.S. representative, lobbyist, director of city planning, manager of a billion-dollar light rail construction project, U.S. ambassador, trial and appellate court judges, and congressional committee staffers.

Pre-Law Advising

Informal pre-law advisors advise students and maintain information regarding law schools, the application process, and the legal profession. Information about law school and legal careers is also available from Lewis & Clark Law School. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the many public events sponsored by the law school.

For additional information, see the current U.S. Guide to Law Schools, published annually in October and prepared by the Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools. This book includes material on the law and lawyers, pre-law preparation, application to law schools, and the study of law, along with information on most American law schools. 

For more information:

Todd Lochner, associate professor of political science and pre-law advisor
tlochner@lclark.edu 
503-768-7756