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Oregon Law Fact Sheet

Founded in 1884, the University of Oregon School of Law is a public law school located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley.


Location: Eugene, Oregon — a short distance (roughly sixty miles) east of the Oregon Coast and west of the Cascade Mountains.

Facilities: One of the finest law school facilities in the country, the 138,000-square-foot Knight Law Center is the optimal environment for rigorous study while retaining Oregon's signature warmth and informality. Built around a common town-square area, the building includes a light-filled and spacious library, comfortable offices for student journals and organizations, a mock courtroom, a 200-seat auditorium, and, in keeping with law school tradition, a basketball court.


Dean: Michael Moffitt

Full-time Faculty: 37 full-time faculty members

Degree Programs: J.D.; The Oregon LL.M in Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Concurrent Degree Programs: Business and Law (J.D./M.B.A.); Community & Regional Planning and Law (J.D./MCRP); Conflict and Dispute Resolution and Law (J.D./M.S.); Environmental Studies and Law (J.D./M.S.); International Studies and Law (J.D./M.A.); Journalism and Law (J.D./M.A. or M.S.); Public Administration and Law (J.D./MPA); Water Resources and Law (J.D./M.S.).
Learn more at law.uoregon.edu/academics/joint/

Areas of Study: See law.uoregon.edu/study/

Nationally Ranked Programs: In March 2013, for the sixth year in a row, Oregon Law boasted three top-ten programs in the annual U.S.News & World Report law school rankings (2014 edition).

  • The Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, ranked 7th, remained in the top ten programs in the country for the sixth year in a row.
  • This is the tenth year as a top ten-ranked program for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law program, ranking 8th.
  • Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing program, remaining fifth for the third year in a row, is now in its sixth year as a top ten program.

Student Body

First-year profile: 120 students welcomed into the Class of 2016

LSAT Profile (First-year students)
75th percentile 161
Median 158
25th percentile 156

GPA Profile (First-year students)
75th percentile 3.55
Median 3.36
25th percentile 3.03

See more stats at lawadmissions.uoregon.edu/classprofile/

Student Life

Student organizations: With more than 35 active journals and student organizations, Oregon Law offers something for every interest.

First, Best, and Only

  • In 1921, the Oregon Law Review became the first law review in the Northwest.
  • In 1978, Oregon Law established the world's first environmental law clinic.
  • In 2008, Oregon Law announced the formation of a course in Renewable Energy, one of the first of its kind in the nation.
  • In 2008 and 2009, Prelaw Magazine named Oregon Law as one of the "Best in Practical Training" law schools in the country.
  • Oregon Law's Green Business Initiative is one of the first law school programs in the country dedicated to the intersection of law, business, and the environment.
  • Oregon Law is the smallest public law school on the West Coast.
  • Oregon Law is Oregon's only public law school.
  • Oregon Law is the only Oregon law school to offer venture capital and private equity, financial institutions and banking regulations, and two semesters of securities law.
  • Oregon Law's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the oldest and largest of its kind and is produced entirely by students.
  • Oregon Law is the only law school in the Pacific Northwest that can boast of having three programs ranked in the "top ten" by U.S.News & World Report.Oregon Law is one of only three public institutions in the nation having three or more top specialty ranked programs.
  • Oregon Law’s reputational ranking — that is, how academic and legal experts nationwide view the school — makes it the top-ranked school in the state of Oregon and the second in the Pacific Northwest, after the University of Washington.

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