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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.

2020 rankings: LRW 2, ENR 6, ADR 10 in the nation

Top-Ranked Programs

According to the US News and World Report 2021 Law School rankings, Oregon Law boasts 3 top-ranked programs: Legal Writing, Environmental Law, and Dispute Resolution.

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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)

Rethink traditional approaches to conflict with a master of conflict and dispute resolution degree. This two-year program uses an interdisciplinary structured course of study to prepare you to lead in various career fields.

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
90.6%
OVERALL EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR OREGON LAW’S 2019 JD GRADUATES
100%
CRES STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES
3
OREGON LAW SPECIALTY PROGRAMS RANKED IN THE NATION'S TOP 10
8
LAW CLINICS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF THE KNIGHT LAW CENTER
26.4%
2019 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

“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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Explore the Eugene Campus

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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Explore the Portland Campus

News

Susan Gary
Susan Gary, professor emerita at the law school, recently created and helped obtain a grant that supports an estate planning program for the African American community in Portland. Through the nonprofit The Commons Law Center, the program will also serve as a pipeline to increase the number of African American estate planning lawyers in Oregon. 
Salt Creek Falls
Neil Kagan and the Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984: The story of how one Oregon Law alumnus became a catalyst for national policy change.   
Michael Higdon
Professor Michael Higdon met with students, faculty, and administrators during a two-day “virtual visit” to Oregon Law as the 2020 Galen Distinguished Guest in Legal Writing. 

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Upcoming Events

14th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture
Oct28
14th Annual Rennard Strickland LectureOct 28
6:00 p.m.
Via online platform
PIELC Panel: Collaborative Governance Solutions to Salmon Restoration in the Columbia River Basin
Oct29
PIELC Panel: Collaborative Governance Solutions...Oct 29
5:00 p.m.
Zoom
PIELC Panel: Something Fishy for Dinner: Issues in the U.S. Seafood Trade
Nov9
PIELC Panel: Something Fishy for Dinner: Issues...Nov 9
5:00 p.m.
Zoom
Public Service and Nonprofit Connect
Nov12
Public Service and Nonprofit ConnectNov 12
4:00 p.m.
PIELC Guest Lecture Series: Vic Barrett
Nov13
PIELC Guest Lecture Series: Vic BarrettNov 13
5:00 p.m.
YouTube
Climate Justice lecture: “Climate Change in the American Mind”
Nov19
Climate Justice lecture: “Climate Change in the...Nov 19
5:00 p.m.
Climate Justice Lecture: “The Geography of Injustice and the Ecology of Reparations”
Dec8
Climate Justice Lecture: “The Geography of...Dec 8
5:00 p.m.
Health and Science Connect
Jan28
Health and Science ConnectJan 28
4:00 p.m.
Internship and Summer Job Expo
Feb10
Internship and Summer Job ExpoFeb 10
11:00 a.m.
Derrick Bell Lecture
Feb12
Derrick Bell LectureFeb 12
12:00 p.m.
Online

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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, share 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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