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Portland Program

Courses & Externships in Portland

The Portland Program enables interested students to spend their entire third year of law school in Portland, enrolled in specialized, upper-level courses and unique externships.


Through the Portland Program, the Law School offers at least 28 credits of upper-level courses in Portland each year, taught by full-time professors as well as distinguished practitioners.  Offerings range from traditional doctrinal courses to advanced skills-based practicums. All courses are taught in downtown Portland in the iconic White Stag building at the UO Portland.

Students may apply for the Portland Program during the spring semester of the 1L year. Portland courses are scheduled two years in advance to enable interested first-year students to plan their second-year curriculum in Eugene around the Portland offerings to be taken in the third year.  Current students can check the list of Portland courses to be offered in future years on Mylaw under the “Registrar” tab.


In addition to the courses offered in Portland, students enrolled in the Portland Program may apply for one of many available externship opportunities or develop their own externship placement. Externships allow students to pursue practical skills training outside of the classroom.

Portland’s substantial, diverse and growing economy offers a breadth of externship opportunities. In past years, Oregon Law students have completed externships with the in-house counsel of several major corporations, such as Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc., Pacific Power, Smarsh, Inc., Mentor Graphics, and Fred Meyer, as well as with various courts, governmental organizations and nonprofits, such as the Energy Trust of Oregon, Port of Portland, Mercy Corps, Legacy Health, TriMet, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Internal Revenue Service.

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