Oberlin’s academic rigor and liberal arts curriculum provide an excellent preparation for students considering a career in law.
Law schools express no preference for particular majors, but they want to see engaged students who have challenged themselves with a rigorous, well-rounded course of study. Successful law students tend to be people who not only have a strong academic record, but have compelling non-academic pursuits and who have involved themselves in making a contribution in some aspect of community life.
In the past three years, Oberlin graduates have averaged an 86% percent acceptance rate into law school and have been admitted to some of the most highly regarded law schools in the country: Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, New York University, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, University of California-Berkeley, Georgetown University, and Duke University.
Oberlin’s pre-law advisor works with alumni and students who are considering a legal career and throughout the law school application process. The advisor also welcomes questions from prospective students or their parents.
The Pre-Law Advisor Can Help
- determine if law is the right field for you
- identify academic and experiential pre-law opportunities
- create a law school application timeline
- make a study plan for the LSAT
- evaluate which law schools to apply to
- review law school application essays
- review admission packages
Faculty and Staff Pre-Law Committee
Students on campus may meet with the following pre-law advisors:
- Joyce Babyak, religion department
- Ann Deppman, Office of Gift Planning, and Chair, Pre-Law Advisory Committee
- Harry Hirsch, politics department
- Rory Johnson, Career Development Center
- Nick Petzak, Office of Fellowships and Awards
- Donica Varner, Office of the Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary