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October 24, 2011

Experience UO Law’s Portland Program

The University of Oregon School of Law isn’t just in Eugene. The school’s Portland Program, located in downtown Portland’s White Stag Building, helps Eugene-based law students build academic and professional bridges in the Portland metropolitan area by offering courses, externships, events and other academic opportunities.

Upcoming events at the White Stag Building include, The Forgive for the Good Workshop, by Fred Luskin, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, and the Partners in Public Service Reception, a celebration of public service hosted by three Oregon law Public Service groups, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Another notable, and much anticipated, event is the Portland Interview Program Day, that offers students a chance to connect with smaller Portland-area law firms and government employers who typically do not interview on law campuses. The Portland Interview Program Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the White Stag Building.

In addition to exciting events, the Portland Program offers evening business law courses that in recent years have included: Renewable Energy, Green Building and Construction Law, Secured Land Transactions, and Real Estate Transactions. These law courses also complement the array of externships that second- and third-year law students can obtain through the Portland Program.

Externships allow students to gain practical, hands-on experience in the legal departments of real businesses. The Portland Program offers many externships including: In-House Counsel Externships, Federal Bankruptcy Court Externships, The Office of the United States Trustee Permanent Externship Program, and Tax Externships. Currently, students are being placed in exciting externships for businesses, such as Nike and Columbia Sportswear.

Gabriela Sanchez-Amparan, a 2003 Oregon Law graduate said, “The bankruptcy judicial internship taught me how these issues play out in real life.” She now works for Sussman Shank LLP in Portland. The variety of professional and academic activities that the Portland Program boasts makes it the ideal place for law students seeking an applicable course of study in a large metropolitan area.

Learn more about Oregon Law’s Portland Program at bizlaw.uoregon.edu/pdx/.

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