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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

College of Law

The first in the Northwest, Willamette University College of Law was established in 1883. In 1967 the College of Law moved into the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center, which was substantially expanded and refurbished in 1992. The College of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1938 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1946. Graduates receive a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D.) and are eligible to take the bar examination in any of the 50 states and in the District of Columbia.

Many Willamette undergraduates are interested in the possibility of law as a career and plan to attend a law school after completion of their baccalaureate program. For these students there is no preferred undergraduate degree program, but the development of certain skills is strongly advised. Specifically, students interested in the study and practice of law will benefit from extensive training and knowledge of English composition, politics, and history. Also recommended are courses in all subject disciplines that require analytical thinking and the application of theory to new situations. The Department of Politics offers several courses directly concerned with the law: Critical Theories of the Law (POLI 306), Law and Public Policy (POLI 334) and Constitutional Law (POLI 337). The Department of Economics offers Business Law (ECON 338). A limited number of undergraduate students have obtained internships in the College of Law Clinical Program.

In the College of Liberal Arts, there is a pre-law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta through which students examine different facets of the law, meet with current law students, and invite guest speakers to the campus to discuss legal developments. The pre-law advisor, Dr. Joe Bowersox of the Politics Department, has pre-law materials (explaining admission standards at various law schools), and information about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Additional information can be obtained by visiting or writing to the Office of Admission, College of Law, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 97301 or through its website, Prospective students are welcome to visit classes, speak with faculty, and tour the award-winning Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center.