Courses & Externships in Portland

The Portland Program enables interested students to spend their entire third year of law school in Portland, enrolled in specialized, upper-level courses and unique externships.


Through the Portland Program, the Law School offers at least 28 credits of upper-level courses in Portland each year, taught by faculty drawn from full-time professors as well as distinguished local practitioners.  Offerings range from traditional doctrinal courses to advanced skills-based practicums. All courses are taught in downtown Portland in the iconic White Stag Block at the UO Portland campus.


In addition to the courses offered in Portland, students enrolled in the Portland Program may apply for one of many available externship opportunities or develop their own externship placement. Externships allow students to pursue practical skills training and to gain real world experience outside of the classroom.

Our longtime and continuing engagement with Portland private sector and government employers coupled with the region's substantial, diverse and growing economy, allows Oregon Law students a breadth of externship opportunities. In past years, Oregon Law students have completed externships with the in-house counsel of several major corporations, such as Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc., Pacific Power, Smarsh, Inc., Mentor Graphics, and Fred Meyer, as well as with various courts, governmental organizations and nonprofits, such as the U.S. District Court, Multnomah County Circuit Court, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, and the Metro Public Defender Service, Energy Trust of Oregon, Port of Portland, Mercy Corps, Legacy Health, TriMet, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Internal Revenue Service.