To be eligible to receive a Certificate, a Certificate candidate must:

  1. Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to be eligible for admittance into the Certificate Program;
  2. Complete a minimum of sixteen credits in the Certificate Program courses listed below; and
  3. Receive a cumulative GPA of 2.80 in the Certificate Program courses, including Constitutional Law I and II, all of which mush be taken on a graded basis.*

* Students must have the practical ability to take and complete all courses required for the Law and Government Certificate prior to graduation. If, for any reason, a Certificate candidate is unable to complete all courses prior to graduation, the student shall either opt to graduate on time without the Certificate and/or continue at the College of Law for such additional time as is necessary to complete the Certificate requirements.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence 

  • LAW 3019: Legislation & Regulation
  • LAW 216: Statutory Interpretation
  • LAW 255: Administrative Law
  • LAW 304: State & Local Government Law
  • LAW 252: Constitutional Law II
  • At least one Public Law Seminar (​consult with the Program Director to determine whether a different seminar qualifies)

    Eligible public law seminars include:
    • LAW 231: Civil Rights Litigation
    • LAW 358: Comparative Constitutional Law
    • LAW 381: First Amendment 
    • LAW 397: Public Health Law
    • LAW 385: Selected Topics in Constitutional and Legal History
    • LAW 355: State Constitutional Law
    • LAW 382: U.S. Supreme Court Seminar

Students are also encouraged to take Advanced Legal Research (Law 242).

The Program Director has the authority to approve other courses not listed for the public law seminar requirement.

Required Practicum Project

Students must complete an externship approved by the Program Director.

Research Writing Requirement

Certificate students must satisfy their research writing requirement through a public law seminar listed above or approved in advance by the director.

Willamette University

Law Certificate Programs

245 Winter Street SE
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
(503) 370-6380

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