Explore the Law

A program for students interested in legal careers

Explore the Law (ETL) is a two-term program that pairs students with attorney mentors and presents weekly sessions on different topics to help students prepare for law school, and careers in the legal field.

Applications to this program are open to all PSU students, regardless of major. 

ETL includes weekly sessions with guest speakers and panel discussions on topics from law school admissions, careers in the Federal Court, Financing law school, LSAT prep and more. Professional networking is an emphasis in this program and there will be ample opportunities for students in the program to meet and hear from individuals in the legal field including attorneys, judges, policymakers, paralegals, law students and other legal professionals.

The Explore the Law Program is held once per school year and runs for two terms. Students accepted into the program may be able to gain college credit for participation.


Applying to the Explore the Law program

The Explore the Law 2021 program is underway and is not accepting applications at this time. 

Applications for 2022 will be available by September of 2021- please check back.

For more information about Explore the Law, contact slms@pdx.edu  


Q: How many hours a week is Explore the Law? When does it meet?

A: The Explore the Law program includes a minimum of 2 hours of programming each week. Some weeks will involve more time for off-campus field trips or additional meetings with mentor attorneys. 

The full schedule of events will be released in advance, but due to the nature of different events and scheduling requirements of our guest speakers, not all events will be possible to schedule during the same day of the week and time slot. 

For the 2020-21 program, almost all events are scheduled on Fridays between the hours of  9am and 1pm. This does not include time for the required assignments such as meeting with your mentor attorney and conducting informational interviews.

Q: Is this program free? Can I receive academic credit?

A: Explore the Law is a free program for any student not applying for college credits. If you choose to pursue college credits through the Political Science Department, you will need to pay for those credits.

Q: During which terms is this ETL offered? 

A: Explore the Law is offered over two terms every year. Currently, the program runs through Winter and Spring terms, with applications and student interviews for the program being held in the prior Fall term.

Q: When can I apply for next year's program?

A: Applications will open by Sept 1, 2021 for the 2022 Winter/Spring Cohort. The tentative application deadline will be Dec 1, 2021.

Q: Is Explore the Law offered remotely during COVID-19 closures?

A: Yes. The 2021 program is being operated remotely. In future programs, we anticipate offering some of the more traditional training, sessions, and panels via Zoom if needed.