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October 3, 2005

The 5 Minute Guide to the University of Oregon School of Law

University of Oregon School of Law
five minute guide
Where are you?
In Eugene, Oregon (pop. 140,000), home to state and federal courts, government agencies, advocacy organizations and private firms that offer wide opportunities for practical legal experience close to campus.
Our program at the UO Portland Center offers more externships with leading companies such as Nike, Tektronix and Mentor Graphics.
>Is Oregon a good school?
We are one of 80 law schools in the country — and the only one in Oregon — with membership in the honor society, Order of the Coif.
Our 525 full-time law students benefit from being part of a small school in a large research university. (The University of Oregon is one of only 34 members of the Association of American Universities.) 
You may even take classes in another school or department – business;  international studies; economics; computer sciences; biology; public planning, policy and management – and earn credit towards your law degree.
>How employable are UO law graduates?
Ninety-four percent of the class of 2005 were employed within nine months of graduation. Nearly half are building careers outside Oregon.
Forty-three percent go into private practice (22% in medium and large firms.) Thirty-two percent work as judicial clerks, as prosecutors, in the military and other government jobs, 15% go into business or industry, 7% to nonprofit and public interest organizations and 3% go on to further education.

>What if I have an interest in a particular area of law?
Not a problem:

  >Public Interest/Public Service Program

  >Oregon Child Advocacy Project 

. . . and the independent

Law students may earn joint degrees in law and business, international studies and environmental studies. 


>What about the people who will teach me?
The Order of the Coif recognizes faculty achievement… Seven of our tenured faculty members are elected and lifetime members of the American Law Institute. Twenty percent of our faculty and deans are people of color. Forty-three percent are women. (And this law faculty has won more than its share of teaching awards.)
>I’ll spend three years in the building….what’s it like?
The Knight Law Center is new, technologically advanced, warm and welcoming – with lots of amenities for students. 
Need more information?

E-mail us  to request a catalog, talk to a faculty member or request an interview. 

-Eliza Schmidkunz 


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