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May 1, 2014

Oregon Law earns high grade for practical training

School of Law among 15 nationwide to earn high marks from National Jurist

The National Jurist recently announced that the University of Oregon School of Law was awarded an A-, alongside several prestigious universities, for its practical training and experiential learning offerings. Oregon Law received the highest ranking amongst law schools in the state of Oregon.

According to The National Jurist, “The schools at the top of the ranking provide ample opportunities and unique offerings.”

In 2013, The National Jurist set out to determine the top law schools when it comes to experiential learning by calculating which offer the most opportunities per student. The National Jurist determined the grading scale based on the most recent information that each law school submits annually to the American Bar Association (ABA).

In the reports compiled by the ABA, the schools note the number of simulation positions filled; the number of faculty-supervised clinical positions filled; and the number of field placement positions filled. The National Jurist assigned weight to each category including clinics and externships.

Oregon Law was recognized for successfully meeting the criterion established by The National Jurist, notably for its exceptional student opportunities for clinics, externships, and skills courses to better prepare graduates to litigate successfully.

At Oregon, each student is required to complete at least one course with substantial professional skills to qualify for graduation. Skills courses include clinics, or courses that teach legal skills as part of the coursework. Oregon Law also offers numerous courses to prepare students to litigate, and provide students with the proper tools to provide council once they graduate.

Oregon Law currently hosts eight clinics. Clinics allow students to learn and practice litigation skills, mediation skills, or business transaction skills, depending on the choice of clinics. The eight clinics include Civil Practice, Criminal Defense, Criminal Prosecution, Domestic Violence, Environmental Law, Small Claims Mediation, Nonprofit, and the Small Business Clinic.

Oregon Law also provides extensive externship opportunities in five categories that offer students the chance to pursue even more unique and specialized practical experiences. The five externship areas include bankruptcy, criminal law, domestic violence, local government, and other opportunities.

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