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In a complex, dynamic world, laws organize us, protect us, empower us. Reframe discourse in productive ways and learn how to bridge differences and catalyze the potential of others across divides. Find your path in a positive and encouraging community, leading to one of the many legal careers that can propel you wherever you want to go.

hands typing on laptop, words: #1 Legal Writing 2022 US News and World Report

Oregon beach and rock formation, words: #10 Environmental Law 2022 US and World News Report

Prof Reynolds and student on bench talking, words #12 Dispute Resolution Us News and World Report

 

Top-Ranked Programs

According to the US News and World Report 2022 Law School rankings, Oregon Law boasts 3 top-ranked programs: Legal Writing, Environmental Law, and Dispute Resolution.

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Oregon Law Dean's Report

We invite you to explore this five-year report, highlighting the law school’s strategic initiatives and showcasing its core areas of excellence.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni came together to achieve amazing things and Drive Change.

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Degree Programs

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Juris Doctor

Engage in a three-year, full-time, JD Program that is challenging, inspiring, and gratifying. Our outstanding faculty, extensive experiential learning opportunities, and custom-tailored approach to career and professional planning help you become the leader you want to be.

JD Program

Dean Marcilynn A. Burke speaks to a large full classroom of first year law students.
Master of Laws (LLM)

Advance your career with this one-year, full-time program. As an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree, the LLM program requires an ABA-accredited JD degree (domestic applicants) or the first degree of law required for law practice or law teaching (international applications).

LLM Program

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Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES)

Rethink traditional approaches to conflict with a master of conflict and dispute resolution degree. This two-year program uses an interdisciplinary structured course of study to prepare you to lead in various career fields.

CRES Program

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Concurrent Degrees

Broaden and deepen your law career opportunities with a concurrent degree--an advantage as laws grow increasingly complex.  And, achieve the results in less time than the standard approach.

Concurrent Degree Programs

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Undergraduate

Take law courses from the same world-class professors that teach graduate law students. In these fascinating, interdisciplinary courses, you learn about the Constitution and the laws and policies that govern the environment, human rights, culture, business, crime, families, and conflicts.

Undergraduate Programs

178
OREGON LAW ALUMNI WHO ARE SITTING JUDGES
90.8%
OVERALL EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR OREGON LAW’S 2020 JD GRADUATES
100%
CRES STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES
3
OREGON LAW Top RANKED SPECIALTY PROGRAMS
8
LAW CLINICS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE KNIGHT LAW CENTER
22%
2020 JD GRADUATES WORKING IN JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS
Alumna Erika Pirotte, JD '18

“I wanted to get a law degree to not only develop a set of skills that I could use in all settings, but to speak truth to power and advocate for people who might not have the tools they need.”

Erika Pirotte, JD ‘18
Attorney
Natural Resources Unit
Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Rose Gibson proudly stands by the Lincoln Memorial statue in Washington DC.

“I am living my dream. As a civil rights prosecutor, I have the distinct privilege of working on behalf of all Americans to protect the rights of some of our most vulnerable community members. Without my UO law degree, none of this would be possible.”

—Rose Gibson, JD ‘10
Federal Prosecutor
United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division, Washington, DC

Practical Experience

Engage in a wide variety of practical experiences:

Clinical Programs
Field Placements
Fellowships
Pro Bono
Volunteer Opportunities
Law Journals
Advocacy Competitions
Simulation Courses

Gain the experience and skills to become practice-ready through our nationally ranked Legal Research and Writing Program and a variety of practical experiences. Combined with academics, these experiences will prepare you to be ready for practice upon graduation. And, we see career success as a journey, not a destination. We offer a personalized approach to career and professional planning and guide you to become leaders in the legal field you choose.

Practical Experience

The University of Oregon is located within the traditional homelands of the Southern Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, descendants are citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon.  Learn more about this native history on campus with the Many Nations Longhouse.

Eugene

Immersed in nature, the Eugene metropolitan area is the second largest city in Oregon and home to the Knight Law Center. Eugene is also home to the Federal Courthouse, Lane County Circuit Court, and the city’s Municipal Court.

 

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Portland

A Bridge to Practice—The Portland Program
The School of Law’s Portland Program offers you the opportunity to spend your entire third year building a portfolio of real-world experience, specialized course work, and personal connections. Engage law in the heart of Oregon’s largest city and center of the largest network of UO law alumni.

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News

On November 16, at 6:00 p.m., Marcilynn A. Burke, Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law, will speak with Kimberly Johnson, UO’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Success.
Anne Marie Burke Headshot
Sports law program paves the path towards great success.   In the summer of 2021, Anne Marie Burke landed a job with Spurs Sports and Entertainment as a Legal Associate in San Antonio, Texas. In her new role, she serves as in-house counsel for Spurs Sports and Entertainment. Burke advises various departments on the latest laws and policies in several areas, including intellectual property, employment, and sports betting. The company owns the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, the NBA G-League’s Austin Spurs and the USL’s San Antonio Football Club. 
15th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 6:00 pm.  This virtual event is free and open to the public. The lecture features Dean Emeritus and Professor, Stacy Leeds, from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Leeds is the first Native American female dean and a prominent Indian law trailblazer. 

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Events

15th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture
Oct26
15th Annual Rennard Strickland LectureOct 26
6:00 p.m.
Affinity Bar Series: Setting Boundaries/Avoiding Burnout
Oct27
Affinity Bar Series: Setting Boundaries/Avoiding...Oct 27
2:00 p.m.
Zoom
“Reimagining Cities to be Sustainable, Healthy, Resilient, Green, and Equitable”
Oct27
“Reimagining Cities to be Sustainable, Healthy,...Oct 27
5:30 p.m.
Dean's Advisory Council Fall Meeting
Oct29
Dean's Advisory Council Fall MeetingOct 29
12:00 p.m.
William W. Knight Law Center
Supreme Court Preview
Nov1
Supreme Court PreviewNov 1
12:00 p.m.
William W. Knight Law Center
This is My America: Stories, Storytelling and Access to Justice
Nov16
This is My America: Stories, Storytelling and...Nov 16
6:00 p.m.
Imagining Futures Lecture: Kimberly Nicholas
Jan12
Imagining Futures Lecture: Kimberly NicholasJan 12
5:30 p.m.
OLSPIF Event and Auction
Feb4
OLSPIF Event and AuctionFeb 4
5:00 p.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)

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We Love Our Law Alumni

Since 1884, we've built a tight-knit community of accomplished Law School alumni. This law community supports student scholarships and faculty research, shares its wisdom in class visits, and helps new graduates launch their careers. In the process we've formed a strong network of personal and professional connections that will last a lifetime.

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