Explore the Law

What is it?

Explore the Law is a free program for P.S.U. Students to explore and prepare for careers in law through a partnership between Portland State University, the Oregon State Bar and the Multnomah Bar Association. We particularly encourage P.S.U students from traditionally under-represented communities to apply for this great program. 

Through the program we hope that diverse students will connect with role models, learn how to prepare, apply and finance law school, recognize their opportunities for legal careers in our community, and learn how to access pre law advising and other appropriate resources at P.S.U. and in the community at large.

The program duration is one academic year, starting in September and ending in June.

What do students gain?

By participating in Explore the Law students will obtain access to various networking opportunities with local attorneys, law students and law schools. Students will receive guidance from professionals on how to prepare for job shadows, interviews, and law school.

In June, when students have completed the program requirements, there will be a ceremony to award all the participants of the program a certificate of completion.

Who is Eligible?

All P.S.U. students who can demonstrate a commitment to advancing the goal of the program. Applications are accepted in Spring term for the next academic year.

How we will be evaluating applications web page

What is required of students?

To participate in Explore the Law students must submit an application. Once the student has been accepted they will participate in the following activities:

  • Attend workshops sponsored by Explore the Law committee;
  • Attend mandatory meetings;
  • Attend an training regarding information interviews and job shadowing; and
  • Informational interview
  • Visit court for a day
  • Visit a law school class
  • Attend the law school fair
  • Meet with a law school advisor
  • Complete a personal statement

*activities for a given school year may vary

How to apply:

Applications for the 2018 - 2019 school year are closed. Applications for 2019 - 2020 will open in Spring 2019.