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Oregon Law Cares

Oregon Law has faced and overcome challenges during its 136 years of educating students for the legal profession. COVID-19 required all of us to change how we go about our daily lives. Across the globe, communities have come together to lift each other up.

Professor McKinley and a student in the commons

Here at Oregon Law, we have had to re-think how we come together as a community, too. How do we support one another when our lives are upended overnight? As our students adjust to all the changes personally, and academically, some are also facing with additional financial needs—ranging from buying food to paying rent and covering the cost of utilities.

Yet we are a community that comes together in times of crisis as well as in times of peace.

Here is one way you can help Oregon Law students in areas of critical need right now:

Oregon Law Cares

This fund provides unrestricted support that directly and immediately benefits law students.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to the next generation of legal professionals who, like you, will drive positive change in Oregon and beyond.

Supporting our students throughout their law school careers will continue to be a top priority. Here are additional ways you can directly support students at Oregon Law:

Oregon Law Student Public Interest Fund (OLSPIF)

OLSPIF provides students with summer stipends to work for nonprofit organizations that cannot otherwise afford to pay for legal assistance. These summer work experiences are an important bridge to practice after graduation and provide important legal services to the communities the organizations serve.

Loan Repayment Assistance Fund (LRAP)

Student debt is a barrier to students who want to work with people and programs that are underserved. Our LRAP program enables new graduates to pursue public interest legal positions by alleviating some of the stress of student debt. Alumni must apply within five years of graduation and are eligible for up to three years of assistance.


Oregon Law Student Scholarship Fund

This fund provides much-needed financial aid to recruit and retain our stellar students.


Oregon Law Fund

The Oregon Law Fund is synonymous with general support for the law school; ensuring the Dean has resources for strategic priorities such as programs and initiatives aimed at helping our students succeed throughout law school and beyond.


For more information about how you can help, please contact Jessica Merkner, Director of Development. You may also find additional giving information on our main giving page

Thank you for considering a donation to support our students today.