Oberlin Law Scholars Program

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Requirements, Expectations & Details

The application deadline for the 2015–2016 Oberlin Law Scholars Program has not yet been set, but will likely be in early May 2015..

The Oberlin Law Scholars Program is open to all students who will be sophomores or juniors during the year they participate in the program. Scholars will be chosen from applicants with the greatest potential to effectively integrate legal scholarship and experience toward the pursuit of a law career. Scholars must demonstrate a strong desire to prepare for a career in law and must commit to full participation in all aspects of the Program. The formal Program will include the course entitled Legal Advocacy, and end the following September 30. However, we will expect former Oberlin Law Scholars to mentor subsequent classes. Also, we expect that many Oberlin Law Scholars will choose to participate in national/regional Mock Trial competitions after their formal participation in the Program. Regional Mock Trial competitions are usually before Thanksgiving; Nationals are in late January.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Strong and consistent academic performance
  • Leadership skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Evidence of interest in legal study and practice

Application requirements are as follows:

  • Complete an online application form. Please note that you will need the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references to complete this form.
  • Send an email with the subject line "Law Scholars Application" to career.center@oberlin.edu. Attach 3 documents to this email:
    1. Unofficial transcript (you may cut and paste this into a Word document from Presto so that it can be attached).
    2. Statement about why you want to participate in the program and how you will benefit (no more than one double-spaced page).
    3. Resume (including a list of extra-curricular experiences before and during college that demonstrate an interest in a career in law, as well as leadership positions). Please list previous course work you feel is relevant to your participation in this program and a possible career in law, broadly defined. (For example, a student contemplating a career in patent law could view courses in the sciences as relevant, or a student interested in entertainment or intellectual property law might view music and performance courses as relevant).

Designation as an Oberlin Law Scholar is contingent on successful completion of the full Program.