PORTLAND, June 5, 2015 - The ABA Council on Legal Education granted its acquiescence to the University of Oregon School of Law’s request to launch a full-year “satellite campus,” the Portland Program. The AALS Executive Committee followed two days later by granting its approval for the Portland Program on June 8, 2015. The decisions by the ABA and AALS represent the final hurdles of a rigorous, year long application process for garnering the approval of the two primary organizations charged with accrediting schools of legal education.
Although the acquiescence and approval processes were at times arduous, the payoff was well worth it, says Mohsen Manesh, assistant professor and faculty director for the Oregon Law Portland Program. “If we’re going to be true to our public mission and the reputation we have in serving the state, it’s critical for us to have a meaningful, engaged presence with the Portland legal community,” says Manesh, who noted that the Portland region has the highest concentration of legal and professional employers in Oregon.
Housed in the iconic White Stag Building in downtown Portland, the Portland Program will allow students to spend their entire third year of law school in Portland. Boasting a curriculum of specialized courses and externships, a new mentorship program, and a focus on helping students build professional connections in the region, the program will offer students a true bridge to practice.
To welcome the program’s first class and officially launch the Portland Program, Oregon Law is hosting a celebration on Thursday, September 3, from 5-8pm at the White Stag Building. Attendees will meet students from the program’s inaugural class, as well as Oregon Law faculty, administration, alumni, and supporters, and learn about planned Portland Program activities.