Willamette Law welcomes largest class in last five years

by Logan English,

  • Dean Bridgeman and new 1L students sit in chairs arranged in a circle
    Incoming 1L students participate in breakout sessions as part of the Professionalism Program during their week of orientation in mid-August.

Willamette Law is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2021 to campus. This is the largest incoming class the College of Law has seen in the past five years.

“Already we can tell that this is an extremely engaged group of aspiring lawyers who are motivated to make a difference in the world,” said Curtis Bridgeman, dean of Willamette Law. “They are talented and bring a wide variety of experiences along with their impressive credentials. We are excited to welcome them to the Willamette community!”

The incoming class is comprised of 130 JD students, plus one MLS student and one LLM student.

For the fourth time in history, more than half of the new class are women.

Prior to coming to Willamette, notable occupations of the incoming class include a personal chef, a chemistry teacher, a commercial hazelnut farmer, an actress, a 911 dispatch operator, a ski instructor, a personal trainer, a surfer and many hikers and musicians. Top undergraduate feeder schools — of the 77 undergraduate institutions represented — include Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State, Brigham Young University, Willamette University and University of Washington.

Related Story

Willamette faculty, staff foster strong relationships with students

Making students feel supported and welcomed is a priority.

Faculty member talks to international students and their families at event he hosts at his house.
Related Story

U.S. News names Willamette among top colleges

U.S. News and World Report listed Willamette University in the top tier of liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 68th among the best liberal arts colleges and as a “Best Value School” in the magazine’s 2020 rankings.

Waller Hall on a sunny autumn day with orange-yellow tree in foreground
Related Story

New tenure-track faculty start the year

Willamette welcomes three tenure-track faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

head shots of George Gu, Katherine Skovira, and Anusha Ramesh