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, Dr. Mark Henkels, at henkelm@wou.edu.

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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:

Interested students must meet the program’s eligibility requirements, as outlined below:

  1. Be 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
  2. Complete all requirements for WOU Bachelor’s degree before matriculating at Willamette Law
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 in courses taken at WOU and no lower than a 3.0 GPA on all transferred courses
  4. Earn 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
  5. Apply 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
  6. Meet 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.