College of Law

Gifts to the Willamette Fund provide direct resources to the College of Law  to enrich the law school’s distinctive learning environment. Willamette University College of Law has a long, rich history of providing outstanding legal education and strong bar leadership throughout the Pacific Northwest. Your generosity furthers this excellence by providing academic and scholarship support directly to WUCL’s dedicated students and professors.

Unrestricted support for the College of Law

Total raised: $199,584
Number of donors: 568

Below are some highlights and examples that demonstrate the many ways your gift to the Willamette Fund made a difference to the College of Law during the 2012-2013 academic year:

  • During the 2012-13 academic year, 273 College of Law students were the recipients of Willamette University scholarship support. The average scholarship amount law students received from Willamette was $10,905.
  • Gifts to the Willamette Fund also helped pay for maintenance costs including modernizing elevators in the Law School and refurbishing the exterior of the buildings.
  • The College of Law awarded 125 juris doctor degrees and four LL.M’s – including the first-ever LL.M in Dispute Resolution – at the school’s 127th commencement and hooding ceremony on Sunday, May 12. Willamette’s Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence Paul J. De Muniz JD’75, who retired last year as chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, gave the commencement address.
  • In July 2013, the College of Law welcomed its new Dean, Curtis Bridgeman, formerly an associate dean and professor at Florida State University. Bridgeman, who holds his JD and Ph.d (Philosophy) from Vanderbilt and clerked for Gilbert Merritt of the Sixth Circuit, is a leading scholar in commercial and contract law.  
  • The College of Law ranked 12th in the nation in preparing students to pass the bar exam, according to National Jurist magazine. Willamette ranked higher than any other Oregon law school. The University of Washington was the only other Pacific Northwest law school featured in the top 25.
  • Willamette’s Center for Dispute Resolution won the Ninth Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution Education Award, which recognizes law schools that incorporate dispute resolution across their curricula. Willamette is the only Oregon law school to win the annual award, which was established in 2005.
  • The Oregon Court of Appeals published its first opinion, State v. Collins, assisted by a student in a new judicial writing class taught by Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence Paul J. De Muniz JD’75.

“The affordability of my undergraduate experience is one of the primary reasons I returned as a law student. I hope to be able to return the favor one day.”

– Molly '10, L'14

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