2019 US News Rankings Put Oregon Law on the Rise

First in Oregon and Leading in Specialty Programs

Mar 19, 2018

The University of Oregon School of Law is on the Rise and First in the State

U.S. News and World Report Ranking is No. 1 in Oregon and among top in nation in Legal Writing, Dispute Resolution, and Environmental Law


(Eugene, Ore.) – The University of Oregon School of Law distinguishes itself once again as a top law school in the Pacific Northwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. Oregon Law rose to 85 in the nation, slightly up from last year’s rank of 86. The school boasts three top-ranked specialty programs that are among the best in the nation: Legal Writing (3), Dispute Resolution (8) and Environmental Law (11). Oregon Law’s overall ranking places it first among those in the state and second among law schools in the region. Oregon’s Legal Writing is the top-ranked program in the Northwest.

“We are honored that, in a highly competitive field, the University of Oregon School of Law is recognized among the nation’s best. The ranking acknowledges the depth and breadth of faculty scholarship and the hard work of the entire Law School community. It also reflects the tremendous support that the Law School receives from the University of Oregon and our alumni and friends,” said Marcilynn Burke, Dean and Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law.

In the fall, the law school welcomed Dean Burke, adding to the school’s strengths in environmental law. The dean’s areas of expertise include environmental and natural resources, leadership, and property law. In the coming academic year, the school will welcome a new faculty member in Criminal Law and anticipates launching several faculty searches that will anchor new areas of expertise and enhance existing strengths.

In addition, the Master of Laws program at Oregon Law has been selected among the top 10 for Alternative Dispute Resolution by LLM Guide.

Graduates of Oregon Law work as lawyers in leading law firms, corporations, and nonprofit organizations; serve as federal and state judges; and work in all areas of local, state, and federal government. Their leadership and influence take them to the forefront on the international, national, and local stages.

There are 204 ABA-approved law schools in the United States. Oregon Law was first accredited by the ABA in 1923. The School of Law is situated on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, and offers a program for third-year law students in Downtown Portland, Oregon.