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    Social Justice and Equity Law Journal publishes first issue

    The Social Justice and Equity Law Journal at Willamette Law published its inaugural issue January 29. Students formed the journal in fall 2016 to contribute to society’s understanding of legal and policy issues concerning topics such as race, class, gender and sexuality.

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    JD/MBA student learns adaptability is key to opportunities with joint degree

    JD/MBA student Emily Dougherty wasn't sure the joint degree program was for her. Since joining, she's learned it's a good way to gain valuable business experience that supplements her JD and opens up opportunities in the corporate world.

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    Certificate in Dispute Resolution beneficial for all law students, alumnae say

    Working as a receptionist at a veterinary hospital in Portland, Nani Apo JD'13 heard all kinds of complaints. Apo learned to listen and communicate, becoming adept at solving customers’ issues at the vet. She heard about the Certificate Program in Dispute Resolution, and her curiosity piqued.

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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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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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Two Willamette Law students take on national leadership roles

Shelby Smith and Erin Roycroft will serve as Next Generation Leaders for the American Constitution Society.

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Professor Binford comments on sanctuary state jurisdictions

Comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about blocking portions of California laws may also affect Oregon.

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Saalfeld and Griggs take a break

After practicing together for 40 years, the two prominent Salem attorneys make retirement their resolution for the new year.

Jim Griggs '71, JD'75 and Bob Saalfeld JD'74 spent the last 40 years working together at their law practice, Saalfeld & Griggs, in Salem.
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Willamette Law Mentor of the Year Reception (4/5/2018)

The Law community is invited to join the Placement Office for a reception honoring the Mentor of...

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Willamette Law Spring Open House (4/7/2018)

Are you thinking about applying to law school? Join the College of Law in April for our free...

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Legislative Redistricting: Past, Present, Future (4/19/2018)

This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a historic decision in Gill v. Whitford -- the...