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Willamette University College of Law

As the first law school in the Pacific Northwest, Willamette University College of Law has been at the forefront of legal education since our doors opened in 1883.

Located across the street from the state Capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court, the College of Law is situated at the nexus of state law, government and business.

Our historic connection to leaders in the law and government translates into a reputation for graduates who are prepared to serve and to excel. Our students learn from faculty who are top scholars, seasoned practitioners and former and current members of the judiciary. They work with mentors who are Supreme Court justices, heads of Fortune 500 companies, elected officials and distinguished private and public attorneys. And upon graduation, they are welcomed into the close knit community of Willamette alumni who are willing to extend a hand.

Willamette is a small community. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge through excellent teaching, scholarship, mentoring and experience.

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Top Employment Outcomes

Willamette excels in preparing tomorrow's lawyers. We ranked first in the Pacific Northwest for job placement for the class of 2014 and first in Oregon for the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014.*

*Full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs, according to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association.

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Degree Programs and Experiential Learning

Practical skills courses, externships and legal clinics help students develop practice-ready skills and experience the challenges of working lawyers.

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Award-Winning Faculty

Willamette University’s law faculty include scholars and master teachers who are nationally recognized for their research, publications and contributions to the law as well as their dedication to teaching.

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