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    Law Open House 2017

    On January 27 and 28, learn about Willamette Law and the unique advantages of studying law across the street from the Oregon State Capitol.

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    Small-town whirlwind makes waves on Washington Coast

    The long and impactful career of Paul Stritmatter JD'69 proves you don't have to live in a large metropolis to make it big.

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    Capitol externships shed new light on the law

    Learning the law takes on new meaning for students who extern with state legislators and research, analyze and draft legislation.

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    The law school's trailblazer

    Danny Santos, Willamette Law’s associate dean of student affairs, was an Oregon trailblazer long before he was honored as one.

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    Why Willamette Law?

    Whether in the classroom, the courtroom, the legal clinic or the community, Willamette students find excellence, opportunity and success.

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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, '13, '14, and '15.*

*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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Willamette Law alumnus Trevor Stephens ’81, JD’85 reappointed to Superior Court in Ketchikan, Alaska

The appointment was made in late December of 2016 by Alaska Chief Justice Craig Stowers and will be for a one-year term, eligible for reappointment.

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Small-town whirlwind makes waves on Washington coast

The long and impactful career of Paul Stritmatter JD'69 proves you don't have to live in a large metropolis to make it big.

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Upcoming Event

Peterson Lecture: Our Implied Constitution (1/17/2017)

Join us for the 2017 Peterson Lecture at Willamette Law. A reception for the event will be from 5...

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Practice LSAT (1/21/2017)

An important way to prepare for the LSAT is to take a practice LSAT test under time constraints....

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PLAN Volunteer Activity: Oregon Food Bank (1/21/2017)

In the spirit of community, the Portland Law Alumni Network (PLAN) is partnering with the Oregon...