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Willamette named "Best Value" law school

For the third straight year, Willamette University College of Law has been ranked a “Best Value law school” by PreLaw magazine. Of the 60 names on the list, Willamette was one of only three private schools.

The rankings take into account in-state tuition, debt load, bar passage and the percent of graduates employed nine months after graduation.

The College of Law was the only law school in Oregon on the “Best Value” list and was one of only two “honor roll” schools in California and the Pacific Northwest.

“In 2004 and 2007, there were a decent number of private schools on the honor roll,” said Jack Crittenden, editor of PreLaw and National Jurist magazines. Noting that only three private schools remain on the honor role, Crittenden explained that “Private tuition has increased by too much to consider the [vast majority of private] schools a good value.”

College of Law Dean Peter Letsou said, “We are very pleased to have once again earned a ‘Best Value’ designation.  These challenging economic times make it especially important that we pay close attention not only to the quality of our program, but also to the cost.  This honor demonstrates that we are achieving great success in both of those areas.”

More detailed information about the rankings will appear in the print edition of PreLaw magazine this fall.