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A law school on the rise

U.S. News and World Report released its 2023 Best Law Schools rankings. The University of Oregon School of Law climbed to #67 from last year’s #72 rank, the highest in at least two decades. The school remains #1 in the state. 

 

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.

Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony
Commencement

Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Matthew Knight Arena

Celebrate our first in-person JD and LLM Commencement since 2019. The Honorable Judge John V. Acosta, JD ’82, will deliver this year’s address.

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For CRES Commencement information click here.

LRW #1 in Legal Writing in the 2023 US News and World Report

ENR #7 in Environmental Law in the 2023 US News and World Report

ADR #9 in Dispute Resolution in the 2023 US News and World Report

 

Top-Ranked Programs

According to the US News and World Report 2023 Law School rankings, Oregon Law boasts 3 top-ten 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

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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)

Organizations need professionals with the knowledge and skills to engage with and manage conflict productively. CRES offers the option of a two-year master’s program or a HyFlex graduate certificate to pair with another graduate degree program or your current profession.

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
91.4%
OVERALL EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR OREGON LAW’S 2021 JD GRADUATES
100%
CRES STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES
47.5%
2021 JD GRADUATES Employed IN Law Firms
8
LAW CLINICS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE KNIGHT LAW CENTER
1 in 5
2021 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

Knight Law Center
The Honorable Judge John V. Acosta, JD ’82, will deliver address. The Juris Doctorate (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) Commencement will be on May 21. The University will confer more than 150 JD and LLM degrees this year. The ceremony will be held at 1:00 pm in the Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon State capitol statues
Law school memories from Oregon Law Alumni appointed to the judiciary in Oregon. 
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Washington Monthly: Oregon Law Professor Garrett Epps writes about the leaked draft of the abortion opinion.

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Events

Let's Talk - Confidential One-on-Ones
May23
Let's Talk - Confidential One-on-OnesMay 23
3:00 p.m.
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Climate Change Solutions with Professor Greg Dotson
May24
Climate Change Solutions with Professor Greg...May 24
3:30 p.m.
William W. Knight Law Center

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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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