Willamette’s location — across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, Supreme Court and multiple state agencies — is an advantage that cannot be matched anywhere in the region. It makes Willamette the choice for students interested in government, a choice that is supported by a certificate program as well as numerous clinical, externship and other practical skills program opportunities offered by the College of Law.
Beyond these opportunities just a block away, students’ options expand within the city of Salem and the region. Salem, Oregon’s second-largest city, is the site of diverse industries including health care, information technology, manufacturing and trade. The Business Lawyering Institute gives students the opportunity to engage with local, regional and international businesses and put their skills into action. Portland, just an hour away, hosts offices of major law firms and players in established and upcoming industries, including Intel, Nike, Daimler and Simple.
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Salem has a unique small-town feel while offering big city amenities — and it’s one of the most affordable cities on the West Coast. Centrally located in the Willamette Valley, the city is just a short drive from metropolitan Portland, the Cascade Mountains and the Oregon coast. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures or world-class food and drink options, there is always something to do when you’re not studying.