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February 16, 2012

Oregon Law: Home to Four Nationally-Ranked Programs

Story updated March 23, 2012

The University of Oregon School of Law is home to four nationally-ranked programs, according to two highly regarded higher education publications.

In March 2012, for the fifth year in a row, Oregon Law boasted three top-ten programs in the annual U.S.News & World Report law school rankings.

Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing (LRW), Environmental and Natural Resources Law (ENR), and Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

  • The Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, ranked 6th, remained in the top ten programs in the country for the fifth year in a row.
  • This is the ninth year as a top ten-ranked program for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law program, also ranked 6th.
  • Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing program, remaining at number 5 for the second year in a row, is now in its fifth year as a top ten program.

Oregon Law is in good company as only ten law schools in the nation have three or more top specialty ranked programs, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Georgetown University and New York University.

Oregon Law’s reputational ranking — that is, how academic experts nationwide view the school — makes it the top-ranked school in the state of Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest. Overall, Oregon Law is ranked 51st in these rankings, tied with Brigham Young University, George Mason University, University of Utah, University of San Diego, University of Miami, and University of Pittsburgh.

Earlier this year, The National Jurist ranked Oregon Law among its “Best Schools for Public Service,” featuring law schools with “a proven track record of producing graduates for the different segments of public service.”

The National Jurist considered factors such as standard of living and employment data in the selection process.

Oregon Law is recognized in two categories: graduating future prosecutors and public defenders, and graduating public interest lawyers. There are 20 schools listed in each category.

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