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 six out of seven times since 2012

Willamette Law graduates are well prepared and ready to practice law upon passing the bar, says Phylis Myles, assistant dean of the Placement Office. The school once again posted the top employment numbers in the state of Oregon for the class of 2018. Since 2012, the school has been number one in Oregon six out of seven times.

Just over 80% of 2018 Willamette Law graduates were employed in what the law school calls “gold standard” positions by March 2019. “Gold standard” refers to jobs that that are full-time, long-term, and bar passage required or JD advantage. “These are the kind of jobs students come to law school to get, and it is how we measure our success,” says Dean Curtis Bridgeman.

With a “one student at a time” placement approach, our students are given individualized development plans and tools for success in today’s legal job market. All first-year students are given the opportunity to participate in our attorney-mentor program, the oldest student-practitioner program in Oregon. The mentor relationship serves as the first building block in a rich network of connections students will make throughout their legal careers.

* 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.