Willamette law school leads in graduate employment gains

by University Communications,

Willamette University College of Law leads all law schools in improving graduate employment rates according to a new study by The National Jurist, a national news source on legal education.

Willamette ranked first in Oregon and fifth among the West Coast’s 28 law schools for placing graduates in full-time, long-term, JD-preferred jobs for the Class of 2013, according to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association.

The National Jurist analyzed the ABA data and determined that twenty law schools improved their employment rate during the past two years.

Willamette University College of Law leads them all with a 19 percent improvement, rising from 57.4 percent for the class of 2011 to 77.1 percent for the class of 2013.

Dean Curtis Bridgeman credits Willamette’s robust externship program, extensive hands-on learning opportunities and strong student-mentor relationships for the increase.

“The advantage of Willamette’s size and approach is that we get to know our students,” says Dean Curtis Bridgeman. “We’re able to help them build paths to the kinds of jobs they want.