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Signature Strengths

Willamette University College of Law develops the next generation of problem-solving lawyers and leaders dedicated to serving their communities and the legal profession.

Willamette University College of Law was the first law school to open in the Pacific Northwest. Building on deep historic roots, we focus with pride on educating the next generation of problem-solving lawyers and leaders. Our location in Salem, Oregon, directly across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and Supreme Court, cannot be matched in the region. Our thought-leading scholars advance and promote our shared responsibility to make a difference in society, placing justice, fairness, and equality at the heart of everything we do.

The College of Law produces the best problem solvers, community leaders, legal dealmakers, and changemakers in the most innovative region of the country. We have had several years of remarkable growth in academic achievement, as our bar passage rates and employment outcomes reflect. We also consistently have the highest graduate employment rates among all Oregon law schools, and are among the best on the entire West Coast.

We are a dynamic force within our university’s vision of an “Only at Willamette” education and have worked to develop one of the most forward-thinking and creative legal education programs in the country. Our student-centric approach manifests in the robust experiential learning opportunities we provide alongside curricular strengths in public service, business law, advocacy, international law, and health law.

Business Law

We are committed to helping students become business-minded lawyers by providing them with a strong academic and practical foundation for success.

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Public Service

We are committed to helping students develop into thoughtful citizens, leaders, and public servants by providing them with the knowledge, experience, and skills to lead and serve in their communities.

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Advocacy

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

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International Law

We are committed to helping students develop into lawyers who thrive in an increasingly global profession, providing them with the knowledge, experience, and skills to serve clients who confront complex international problems.

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Health Law

We are committed to developing healthcare industry leaders with strong expertise necessary to deliver legal certainty in a changing world.

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