Law is a very versatile and rewarding profession that demands the exercise of reason, judgment, fairness and problem-solving. Because of this, a law degree is an excellent tool for anyone who wants to have a tangible effect on the world. Law school widens your horizons by teaching you about ethics, communication, and the intricacies of legal and governmental systems.

What does a lawyer do?

Lawyers can work in a wide array of legal fields, including criminal, intellectual property, civil, business, government, and family law. At their core, lawyers write, research, advocate, problem-solve and provide counsel to clients. Not all lawyers go to court regularly.  

What can I do with a law degree besides practice law?

A law degree can open the door to careers in the following fields:

  • Politics
  • Real estate
  • Professional counseling
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Conflict resolution
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Writing
  • Human resources
  • Lobbying
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Law enforcement
  • Management
  • Motivational speaking

How do I know if a law degree is right for me?

Want to get a taste for law without committing to law school? Try working at a local law firm. There are eight law firms within walking distance of the Willamette campus and 20 firms within a five-minute drive. In addition, the Oregon State Capitol, four courts and all of the agencies that make Oregon’s government-run are across the street from campus.

What kind of legal work can I do as an undergrad student?

Private law firms offer a variety of jobs that don’t require a law degree, including these:

  • Office assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Researcher
  • Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Litigation support
  • Temp worker

Our unique location across from the state Capitol will give you an opportunity to work in various legal departments, such as the following:

  • Legislature
  • Governor’s Office
  • Treasurer’s Office
  • Oregon State Supreme Court
  • Oregon Court of Appeals
  • Marion County District Court
  • Oregon Tax Court
  • Department of Justice
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