The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in pre-law includes courses useful to pre-law students and meets lower-division general education requirements at all Oregon public universities. Law school is graduate-level and builds on a bachelor's degree but does not require a specific major. Students are encouraged to combine this focus with preparation for a major they find interesting and challenging and that provides exposure to legal concepts and issues and develops skill in research, communication, problem solving, and organization.
Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:
Arts & Letters
- Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
- Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.
- Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.
- Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.
- Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
- Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.
Science or Computer Science
- Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
- Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.
- Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
- Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.
- Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
- Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
- Build and manage relationships.
Writing and Information Literacy
- Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
- Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
- Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|WR 122||Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition||4|
|or WR 227|| Technical Writing|
Most law schools have no requirements for a pre-law curriculum and will accept a bachelor’s degree in any major. Students should develop an educational program that is broad yet provides depth of understanding in at least one subject area along with fundamental insights into human institutions and values. Emphasis should be on a degree program that meets students’ needs and interests, that students find challenging, and in which students will do their best work and will earn good grades.
Legal educators agree that the development of particular skills and habits will contribute more to success in law school than a major in any one subject. Therefore, coursework should focus on strengthening habits of thoroughness, intellectual curiosity, scholarship, the ability to research a topic, write concisely, analyze information, and think critically. Verbal and written communication skills are very important. In addition, lawyers must be adept at problem solving and organizing information to support a point of view.
Courses in history, political science, economics, literature, foreign language, sociology, journalism, communication, and philosophy are directly concerned with the cultivation of these skills and will provide an opportunity to gain an understanding of social institutions and values.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts after transfer should consider completing three terms of a 200-level language course. The 100-level language courses will count as electives. The 200-level language courses will partially fulfill the arts and letters requirement.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science after transfer should consider taking more math and science courses. Language is not necessary. For details, speak with an advisor.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- Options for additional standards:
- All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.