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Gain the confidence to face litigation challenges whenever they arise in your career.

Advocacy at Willamette Law involves preparing students to practice law in the real world to advance their clients' interests both in and out of court. The College of Law offers several courses to help students learn the legal profession's practical skills. This training can range from learning how to set up a law practice, to alternative dispute resolution and business negotiations, to criminal law and procedure. Many of these courses are taught by active judges and retired state supreme court justices, providing students with the opportunity to make connections and learn from experts in the legal field.

Our experiential programs — including our clinic, externships, and simulation courses — give our students repeated opportunities to learn from advocates with years of experience seeking to persuade others. Along with co-curricular activities in moot court and other outside advocacy programs, students are able to put their training to the test in a variety of circumstances ranging from classroom exercises to representing real clients in Oregon’s trial and appellate courts.

Advocacy Focus areas:

  • Family Law
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Personal Injury
  • Trial & Litigation

Featured Alumni

Law – JD

Nani Apo JD’13

  • Earned JD and certificate in dispute resolution and works for the Oregon Department of Justice
  • Joined Multicultural Law Students Association, edited Willamette Environmental Law Journal and externed at the Legal Aid Farmworkers Program
  • Named Willamette Law’s 2018 Mentor of the Year
Law – JD

Chris Costantino JD’01

  • Family law attorney and partner at Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP in Portland
  • 2019 president of the Oregon State Bar
  • Ran for seat on the OSB Board of Governors