Innovative Study

Innovative Offerings

Willamette University College of Law has a long, rich history of providing outstanding legal education and strong bar leadership throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more than 125 years, Willamette University College of Law has prepared students for a life spent mastering the law. We are committed to helping our students achieve academic and professional excellence and to providing a supportive environment that maximizes each student’s unique potential.

The college offers specialized Certificate Programs in Law and Government, Sustainability Law, Dispute Resolution, Law and Business, and International and Comparative Law that underscore the strong academic foundation provided by the College of Law and help distinguish Willamette students from other law school graduates.

Our students gain important Professional Skills Training through simulation-based courses, moot court competitions, intensive trial practice and targeted externship placements. They also gain valuable real-world experience working with actual clients in the Clinical Law Program. These programs give students an insider’s view into the lawmaking process and important hands-on experience in the actual practice of law.

A Joint Degree Program is available for those law students interested in a more intense immersion into the study of business, government and management. Graduates of the Joint Degree Program receive both a J.D. from the College of Law and an M.B.A. from Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

The College of Law also offers three invaluable Study Abroad Programs in China, Germany and Ecuador that provide students with a rich blend of coursework and practical education to help prepare them for successful careers in national and international spheres.

At Willamette, you will be tested and strengthened by a robust, integrated curriculum — enhanced by extensive opportunities for research and study.


The College of Law opened the Oregon Civic Justice Center in fall 2008.

Built in 1912 as Salem’s first public library, the building has been resurrected as a place of public service and education for Oregon’s citizens and Willamette law students.