Message from the Dean
Welcome to the University of Oregon School of Law. For more than 125 years, Oregon Law has taken an innovative approach to legal education — a tradition that continues today.
If you are thinking about becoming an Oregon Law Duck, I encourage you to visit our prospective student site to learn more about our school, our programs, and our exceptional community.
The Oregon Law faculty and their work are impressive. This fall, two members of our faculty received awards from the Oregon State Bar for their leadership in the fields of legal writing and alternative dispute resolution. Another was selected to become a 2012 UO Sony Scholar for his contribution to the field of international economic law. And another was recently awarded a Law and Social Science Grant from the National Science Foundation for her research project on legal mobilization of enslaved litigants. Our faculty members pursue important research, organize conferences, and provide students with the kind of legal education that prepares them for an evolving practice.
Oregon Law students and alumni are exceptional. Like our faculty, many of our students have a long-standing commitment to serving the public. This past year, the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce recognized several of our recent alumni as Up & Coming Lawyer honorees. Oregon Law student Chelsea Ray recently won a legal writing award from the American Bar Association, and graduate student Camile Lafage was chosen for an internship with the U.N. In the fall of 2012, law student Eric Harris spoke on behalf of the disabled community at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Oregon Law’s education is excellent and innovative—building on our connection to a world-class research university. We have multiple nationally recognized programs, including Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, and Legal Research and Writing. Our Legal Ducks in Public Service umbrella of programs includes our Pro Bono Program, our Public Interest Public Service Programs and the Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund, which raises money to provide summer stipends for students working for organizations that serve some of our most vulnerable populations. Our unique interdisciplinary Nonprofit Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations in a strategic capacity. In addition, our Environmental and Natural Resources Law program was recently able to expand its Interdisciplinary Research Projects and Fellows Program, which teams student energy with faculty and practitioner expertise to meet community needs.
Oregon Law is a great place to work, and Eugene is a great place to live. Our building is beautiful and welcoming. We recently completely relocated and reorganized our Career Center to better suit students’ needs, and we continue to invest in our law library, keeping pace with current technology and innovations while making it the hub of our students’ learning community.
Oregon Law’s collaborative and supportive learning environment brings together an extended community of students, faculty, staff members, and alumni who make Oregon Law more than just a school. Whether you are a prospective student, an alumnus, or an interested visitor, I hope that I will see you on campus soon.
Philip H. Knight Dean
University of Oregon School of Law