Willamette University Law - Partnerships

WOU & Willamette University | College of Law:

Degree Partnership Program and Direct Connect

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What does it look like?

Willamette University, College of Law 4+3 Direct Admissions Program

Western Oregon University (WOU) encourages students with a serious interest in law to take advantage of the undergraduate WOU program over four years and to pursue the 4+3 program, with direct admission to Willamette University College of Law (Willamette Law). For more information contact the pre-law advisor, Earlene Camarillo, at camarilloe@wou.edu.


The 4+3 Direct Admission Program allows undergraduate students studying at WOU and WOU alumni to gain admission to Willamette Law based on certain academic credentials. If a student meets these credentials, admission to Willamette Law will be automatic. WOU students and alumni who are admitted under the direct admission program are guaranteed a Direct Admission scholarship of $10,000, renewable each year the student is enrolled at Willamette Law and remains in good standing.

Criteria for acceptance

1Be an alumnus or student in any major at WOU who has completed at least 90 credits; 45 of the student’s last 60 credits must be completed at WOU

2Complete all requirements for WOU Bachelor’s degree before matriculating at Willamette Law

3Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 in courses taken at WOU and no lower than a 3.0 GPA on all transferred courses

4Earn a minimum score on the LSAT at or above the 50th percentile of the most recent class to matriculate at the College of Law; or earn a minimum GRE score at or above the 50th percentile of the most recent class to matriculate at the College of Law

5Apply to Willamette Law for admission into the full-time or part-time J.D. program between September 1st and June 15th in the academic year before the student intends to begin J.D. study; and

6Meet Willamette Law’s character and fitness requirements and comply with Willamette Law’s general admissions policies.

Alternative Eligibility for the Direct Admissions Program: An exemplary student who (A) wishes to participate in the Direct Admissions Program, (B) did not qualify to apply for the Direct Admissions Program because of LSAT or GRE score, but (C) who meets all other eligibility requirements, may contact Leah Straley at lstraley@willamette.edu to discuss alternative eligibility.

Who can I contact for more information/support?

Advising and Support

One of the main benefits of pursuing 4+3 Direct Admissions is the access to WOU academic advising staff. Advisors from the office of Student Success and Advising (SSA) at WOU make it their goal to help students on their academic journey. They strive to make the transition from Willamette University | College of Law to WOU as seamless as possible so you can go straight from the associates degree into the completion of a four-year program. For support/more information, reach out to:

Earlene Camarillo (Pre-Law Advisor)

Student Success and Advising 

advising@wou.edu | 503-838-8428

Already earned college credits?
Find out how they will transfer to WOU.

While we suggest scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss the exact ways in which your credits will transfer, there is also a tool you can use yourself to look into the ways that transfer credits should be applied towards your WOU degree. That tool can be accessed here: https://ssb-prod.ec.wou.edu/PROD/wou_web.p_trans_artic – if you do not see a class you have taken listed or you have questions about equivalency, we encourage you to reach out to an academic advisor for help!

WOU Services

Western Oregon University is committed to creating lasting opportunities for student success through transformative education and personalized support. That’s why we provide comprehensive student services, including:

  • Personalized Advising: An assigned academic advisor in your field of study can help you chart your path. Not sure what you want to study yet? We’ve got advisors for that too!

  • Career Services to connect you to career coaching, events and resources that will advance your career development and help you achieve your professional goals. Service Learning and Career Development is here to build your skills and prepare you for any job search, interview, or career opportunity.

  • Writing Assistance: Our Writing Center provides resources that will assist you in all your writing-related endeavors and enhance any assignment

  • Tutoring and Peer Mentors: In the pursuit of academic success, sometimes we all need a little help to reach our full potential! Western Oregon University offers a variety of free tutoring and peer mentoring resources to get you there.
  • And so much more!
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