College of Law

First in the Pacific Northwest in more ways than one.

First law school

Willamette University College of Law was the first law school in the Pacific Northwest when we opened our doors in 1883. Today we proudly continue our tradition of service and excellence as the first-choice law school for many of the region's legal, business and civic leaders.  We've been accredited by the ABA since 1938.

First in employment for four of the past six years

Willamette 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. Top faculty, thriving Externship and Clinical Law Programs, ample practical skills courses and a proactive Placement Office prepare our students for today's job market.

* Full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs, according to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association

First at the nexus of government, law and business

Our location in Salem, Oregon, directly across the street from the state capitol and Supreme Court, is an advantage that cannot be matched anywhere else in the region.