Explore Public Law and Policy

Public. Service.

At Oregon Law, students are passionately engaged in public service, and our graduates accept employment in the public service sector at a rate that far exceeds the national average.

Oregon Law offers you a rich and engaging curriculum for students interested in careers in public policy, public interest, and government. Through this interdisciplinary program, you will learn the legal concepts affecting statutory law and major public policies, exploring issues such as civil rights, human rights, globalization, corporate and business law, and environmental and natural resources law. Building on a strong foundation of inspired course offerings, clinics, career planning support and service opportunities, you will be poised for career success in public policy, public interest, and in the public sector.

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

  • Government attorney (federal, state, local)
  • Career judicial law clerk
  • Law school professor
  • Legal Aid attorney
  • Elected official or staff for elected official
  • College administrator
  • Court Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Development Professional
  • Lobbyist
  • Attorney for Public Interest Organization

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Selected Public Law & Policy Coursework

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Torts 
•  Contracts 
•  Civil Procedure
•  Constitutional Law I
•  Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Required and recommended bar prep courses.
• Administrative Law
• Business Associations
• Domestic Violence Seminar
• Human Rights Law
• Immigration Law
• Legal Profession
• Nonprofit Organizations
• Legislation
• Employment Law
• Remedies

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Required and recommended bar prep courses.
• Constitutional Law II
• Criminal Investigations
• Human Rights & the Environment
• Labor Law
• Law and Development
• Legislative Issues Workshop
• Water Resources Law
• Negotiation

Learn more about elective offerings from our Master's Degree Program in Conflict Resolution.

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Core Faculty

Adell Amos
Stuart Chinn
Susan Gary
Leslie Harris

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Practical Skills Training

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Legal Research and Writing (Ranked #4 in the nation)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Judicial Externships
• Local Government Externships
• Environmental Law Clinic

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Civil Practice Clinic
•  Nonprofit Clinic 

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY
Suzanne Rowe
Elizabeth Frost
Megan McAlpin
Joan Rocklin 

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Professional Development 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
• Professional Development Seminar
• Explore public interest/public service law practice areas
• Meet with career counselor
• Summer experience examples: Oregon DOJ; 
 Judicial externship; Legal Aid; ACLU;
 Civil liberties Defense Center;
 Alaska Office of Public Advocacy

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
• Seek out networking opportunities
• Public Interest/Public Service law summer internship
• Summer experience examples: Start Small Think Big;
  Just Health Foundation; TriMet

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Public Interest/Public Service law summer internship
• Apply for jobs

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Public Law & Policy Extracurriculars

FIRST YEAR (1L)
• Consider joining:
• OLSPIF
• Pro Bono Board[JG1] 
• Land, Air, Water (LAW) 

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Consider:
• Volunteering for OLSPIF Applying for an OLSPIF Stipend
• Participating in Moot Court
• Participating in pro bono work

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Consider:
• Participating in pro bono work
• Volunteering for OLSPIF
• Learning about loan forgiveness and payment options after graduation for public sector and public interest work 

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