PreLaw Magazine highlighted Willamette University College of Law as one of the most diverse law schools in its January 2017 issue. Willamette was one of 60 schools on the list and the only Oregon school recognized.
Curtis Bridgeman, dean of Willamette Law, credited the students, faculty, and staff for their commitment to equity and inclusion.
“We are always working to create a more respectful and inclusive environment at Willamette Law, and our students in particular have shown great leadership,” Bridgeman said. “We are very proud of this recognition, while at the same time we know that we still have so much work to do.”
PreLaw determined the most diverse schools by breaking each into six categories: percentage of minority faculty; percentage of black students; percentage of Asian and Hawaiian students; percentage of Hispanic students; percentage of American Indian students; and percentage of Caucasian students. That data was taken from the American Bar Association. Editors used a formula to assign scores and decide the list.
About Willamette University College of Law
Opened in 1883, Willamette University College of Law is the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The college has a long tradition at the forefront of legal education and is committed to the advancement of knowledge through excellent teaching, scholarship and mentorship. Leading faculty, thriving externship and clinical law programs, ample practical skills courses and a proactive career placement office prepare Willamette law students for today's legal job market. According to statistics compiled by the American Bar Association, Willamette ranks first in the Pacific Northwest for job placement for full-time, long-term, JD-preferred/JD-required jobs for the class of 2014 and first in Oregon for the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Located across the street from the state capitol complex and the Oregon Supreme Court, the college specializes in law and government, law and business, and dispute resolution.