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May 26, 2006

Dean Margie Paris welcomes UO Law Class of 2009

View of the Knight Law Center from historic Hayward Field


Dear Admitted Student,
We look forward to getting to know you! 
Dean Margie Paris, UO School of LawRight now, you’re probably getting ready for your first year of law school. You’re excited, curious, and – if you’re new to the state – wondering what Oregon is like.
You may also be sobered by global challenges, concerns about career, and what the future may hold.
Let me tell you why I think the University of Oregon School of Law will equip you with the best tools to succeed in this quickly changing world. 
We are convinced that, in three years at Oregon, you’ll be ready for the most challenging legal position you could hope for. 

Our faculty has “been there” — many of them practiced for years with the country’s major law firms, corporations, and government agencies; many of them are known nationally for cutting edge legal scholarship. All of them are great teachers.

We’re a small school — you will get to know your teachers (guaranteed) and you’ll undoubtedly make life-long friends.
Students celebrate at a UO law tailgater at Autzen Stadium 
You also will be a part of one of the nation’s 62 major research universities and can take classes in a number of disciplines — and we’ll let you apply some of those credits to your law degree.
We are one of 80 law schools in the country — and the only one in Oregon — with membership in the law honor society, Order of the Coif .

We incorporate skills training — the nuts and bolts you need to know to practice law — into our doctrinal (academic) courses.  Our Legal Research and Writing program is highly ranked.

We have the region’s first and only “in house” small business clinic, we boast the first environmental law clinic in the United States, and our Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center reaches into every county in the state through the Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution.

Through our Portland program, our students extern at some of Law students in Professor Joe Metcalfe's trial practice class Oregon’s most innovative companies — Nike, Mentor Graphics, and others of similar reputation.

Student fellows do serious legal work at our centers of excellence — including organize national conferences, sponsor celebrated speakers, and learn from distinguished visitors.

The student fellows of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics address issues as varied as patented seeds and the world’s food supply to images of Indians in American cinema.

Through the Law and Entrepreneurship Center, student fellows develop actual new products and businesses based on emerging technologies. 

Domestic Violence clinic law students represent more than 400 battered women each year.
Oregon Child Advocacy Project fellows work on live court cases around the most devastating child welfare issues.

Law school is a serious investment — but the UO’s affordability is still a plus. 

And, since law school is about much more than studying all night — I would like to note that we work and study together in a beautiful building in one of the most beautiful areas of the country 

Welcome to this remarkable place! 


Margaret L. Paris
Dean and Elmer Sahlstrom Senior Fellow

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