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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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    From the slopes to the courtroom

    Like a snowboarding course, first-year law student April Stone's path to Willamette has been a winding and sometimes difficult path. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Aden-Buie/Special Olympics)

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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 announces 2017 Commencement speakers, honorary degree recipients

Leonard Pitts Jr. to deliver CLA address

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Willamette Law chooses Attorney Mentor of the Year

Willamette Law named Salem attorney Jennifer Brown its Mentor of the Year at a reception April 5.

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Willamette sets 2017–18 tuition and fees

CLA tuition increase is a historic low for the university.

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Willamette Law End of Year BBQ (4/28/2017)

Willamette Law will hold its annual End of Year BBQ from 5 to 9 p.m. in Rick's Cafe on April...

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Willamette Law Classes of 2011 and 2012 Reunion (4/29/2017)

Join Willamette College of Law alumni from the classes of 2011 and 2012 for a special joint...

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Portland Willamette Law Alumni and Admitted Student Reception (5/3/2017)

Join Willamette College of Law Dean Curtis Bridgeman and your fellow alumni for another reception...