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At Willamette Law, we produce the best legal dealmakers, problem solvers, community leaders, and change-makers in one of the most innovative and exciting regions of the country. Building on our rich history, we’ve developed one of the nation’s most forward-thinking programs of legal education, with signature strengths in business law, public service, international law, advocacy, and health law.
The ideal place to study law
Willamette University College of Law became the first law school in the Pacific Northwest when we opened our doors in 1883. 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. Our thought-leading scholars advance and promote the shared responsibility we have to make a difference in society, which is why justice, fairness, and equality lie at the heart of everything we do.
Salem is also in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley, a region renowned for its organic farms and vineyards. Downtown Salem is home to numerous restaurants, coffeehouses, festivals, concerts, shopping, and parks. Salem’s backyard boasts biking trails, rolling green hills, waterfalls, old-growth forests, wetlands, and beautiful views. The College is also ideally situated within an hour’s drive from Portland and the nearest beach.
Bar Passage & Employment Excellence
We are known for our robust support of mentoring relationships between our students and legal professionals of all types, from attorneys in a wide variety of practice areas to members of the judiciary. Our students receive the individualized support they need to help them succeed from the classroom to the courtroom--and beyond. The combination of our diverse array of professional programs, from networking opportunities at professional events, to career development seminars and informational panels and our one to one placement approach, has resulted in our students achieving some of the region’s best bar passage and placement outcomes.