About Willamette University College of Law

Willamette University College of Law

Established in 1883, Willamette University College of Law has been accredited by the ABA since 1921 and offers a learning environment that is distinctive among law schools. Located across the street from the state Capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court, the college is situated in the epicenter of state law, government and business.

The College of Law emphasizes small enrollment, excellence in teaching and a high level of faculty-student interaction. We also boast a student-faculty ratio of  15-to-1. Our select enrollment of fewer than 430 students creates an intellectual intimacy unmatched by most law schools in the United States. As a community, we are committed to the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship, to diversity, and to public service. Willamette law students should expect to be challenged, to defend their opinions, to think and rethink their ideas, and to leave with a heightened respect for themselves and confidence in what they can do.

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Recent News

Law degrees presented to Class of 2015

Dean Santos honored with literacy award Mid-Valley Literacy Center honors Dean Danny Santos for literacy and leadership efforts.

Willamette law ranks first for grad employment Recent ABA data places Willamette law first in the Pacific Northwest for employment outcomes for the Class of 2014.

Symeonides' book receives honors The American Society of International Law awards 2015 Certificates of Merit to three publications.

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In the Media

Dean Santos was honored as a Literacy Trailblazer at the Mid-Valley Literacy's Center "Spotlight on Literacy" event

The Statesman Journal  (May 16)

Professor Laura Appleman writes about how community exclusion has put criminal justice in crisis

The Statesman Journal  (May 9)

Professor Cunningham-Parmeter shares his perspective on recent Supreme Court PERS ruling

Think Out Loud - OPB  (Apr 30)

Continuing Legal Education