College of Law
Unrestricted support for the College of Law helps to provide a first-rate legal education and a distinctive learning environment to the law school’s 430 students. Contributions to the College of Law enrich and enhance every aspect of the law school experience from providing critical scholarship support to talented law students, to supporting the teaching and scholarship of the school’s nationally-recognized faculty, to providing resources for the school’s hands-on legal training.
Unrestricted support for the College of Law
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The WUCL Challenge
In February, Dean Letsou announced the WUCL Challenge, established by a generous WUCL alumnus. The alum matched every donation to the College of Law dollar-for-dollar until an additional $25,000 was raised in support of financial aid and other program expenses, directly impacting students and professors. Willamette is pleased to report that WUCL alumni exceeded the challenge, raising an additional $25,000 by mid-May.
Below are highlights and statistics from the 2011-2012 academic year that demonstrate the impact of your investment in the College of Law.
- During the 2011-2012 academic year, 287 College of Law students were the recipients of Willamette-funded scholarship support. The average need-based financial aid package for law students was $15,882.
- California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno delivered the law school’s 126th commencement address in May, awarding 123 JDs and two LLMs.
- The College of Law ranked 12th in the nation in preparing students to pass the bar exam, according to a study by The National Jurist magazine. Willamette ranked higher than any other school in Oregon. The University of Washington was the only other law school in the Pacific Northwest included in the top 25.
- The College of Law entered into a partnership with Oregon State University to offer a joint program this fall allowing OSU students to earn a combined bachelor’s and law degrees. The program lets qualified students earn both degrees in six years instead of the usual seven.
- U.S. Federal Appeals Court heard cases at Willamette in October. Judges travel outside Washington, D.C. once a year to hear cases around the U.S. Judges Richard Linn, Sharon Prost and Jimmie V. Reyna mingled with students and faculty at a reception afterward at Rick’s Cafe.