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Willamette Law launches new 4+3 Direct Admission Programs

by Sarah Bello,

Law school

Willamette Law is offering new 4+3 Direct Admission Programs benefiting students from the University of Alaska Southeast, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Portland State University and Willamette University. 

The programs admit undergraduates and alumni to the College of Law based on certain academic credentials. 

UAS, UAA and PSU’s programs include four years of undergraduate study and three at Willamette Law. Admitted students are guaranteed a $10,000 scholarship, renewable each year they are enrolled and remain in good standing. 

University of Alaska Southeast and University of Alaska Anchorage

Bruce Botelho ’71, JD’76, former mayor of Juneau and UAS community advisor, helped facilitate the formation of the UAS degree pathway. 

“Willamette Law has trained generations of attorneys who have served Alaska with distinction,” Botelho says. “Cementing this long-term relationship between WUCL and Alaska through the direct admission program at UAS will ensure the continuing development of legal professionals with deep ties to our region.”

There is no law school in Alaska, so Willamette Law has long filled the gap for students there. 

“Our goal is to get our students where they want to go,” says Denise Runge, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UAA. “Now we have a really clear path that we can offer to our students.”

Many prominent Alaskan attorneys and politicians, including U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski JD’85, Judge Joshua M. Kindred JD’05, earned their law degrees from Willamette.

Portland State University

PSU previously had a 3+3 Direct Admission Program with Willamette. The new 4+3 Program takes its place and, with the guaranteed scholarship, still offers students more financial stability as they make an investment in legal education.

Dr. Susan Jeffords, provost and vice president for academic affairs at PSU, hopes the new agreement offers students reliable access to law school and a better understanding of its admission process.

Willamette University

A fourth pathway, Willamette University Law School Bound, offers exclusive and enhanced pre-law advising, moving students toward a 3+3 or 4+3 direct admission program. 

With the 3+3 option, students finish both their BA and JD in six years, providing them an extra year of earning power. The 4+3 option offers students a guaranteed $25,000 scholarship, renewable each year they are enrolled at Willamette Law and remain in good standing. 

Law School Bound provides students enhanced transparency in the law school admission process alongside a durable scholarship. 

Moving forward

Participating students are supported in their academic journeys by Leah Straley, Willamette Law assistant dean of admissions. Dean Brian Gallini is enthusiastic about the new agreements.

“We look forward to welcoming many future law students through these unique partnerships,” he says. “These programs will help expand access to a legal education while providing a transparent path to admission that builds on our historic legacy of educating Alaskan and Oregonian attorneys.”

About Willamette University College of Law

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.

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