The Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Program at Oregon Law is again ranked 3rd in the nation, marking its eleventh consecutive year in the top 10. This ranking reflects wide recognition of Oregon Law’s excellent program for students and the national leadership of its faculty.
As recent graduate Shelby Hanssen found during her summer work in San Francisco, “Our LRW program teaches students to be independent legal thinkers and writers, preparing us for success in the workplace.” Alum Juan Jasso, an attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, adds “The practical skills I learned from the dedicated educators and mentors in the LRW program at Oregon Law have been the foundation that I have built my career on. I developed a skill set that I draw from every day to advocate for my clients.”
U.S. Magistrate John V. Acosta hires UO students as externs in Portland. He explains, “Oregon Law’s LRW program excels at teaching the skill of legal writing—the most important skill one learns in law school. The program continues its decade-long position of prominence as one of the elite LRW programs in the nation by making its students effective legal writers and, thus, effective lawyers.”
LRW professors at Oregon Law have won multiple teaching awards, from the law school and the university, and national awards for leadership. LRW professors have written numerous books, articles, and essays that are used by students, faculty, and lawyers across the country. These LRW professors hold major positions in the most important organizations in their field: Professor McAlpin was the 2017-2018 president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and Professor Hanley was co-chair of the Legal Writing Institute’s 2018 biennial conference. Other LRW professors have held leadership roles with the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and served the American Bar Association (ABA).
The legal writing program at Oregon Law celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018—making it one of the oldest programs in the country—and it continues to be a leader in the field. The focus of Oregon Law’s LRW program has remained consistent since its inception: preparing students for real-world legal practice.