Oregon’s Environmental Law and Legal Writing Programs Rise in Nation’s Top 10 Rankings

William Knight Law Center

This story reflects 2021 rankings, for 2022 rankings, please see the March 30, 2021 article.

(Eugene, Ore.)  The annual national ranking of law schools was released by U.S. News and World Report.  Three University of Oregon Law programs are ranked in the nation’s top 10Legal Writing (#2), Environmental Law (#6), and Dispute Resolution (#10).  Legal Writing moved up three spots from last year’s #5 slot.  Environmental Law moved up two spots from #8.   Only two public law schools in the West and six nationwide achieved the distinction of having three or more specialty programs ranked in the top ten.  The Dispute Resolution program is the only top-ten program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. 

Marcilynn A. Burke, Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair of Leadership and Law, said, “Oregon Law is once again recognized among the nation's very best.  It is an honor to have our specialty programs acknowledged.  As a law school we will continue to prioritize providing a world-class legal education and access to justice." 

Oregon Law was also once again named a top law school in the Pacific Northwest. The law school remained first in Oregon and second in the Pacific Northwest with a ranking of 88 in the nation.

In addition to the U.S. News rankings, the Environmental Natural Resources Law program received a grade of A+ according to recently released rankings from PreLaw magazine, a publication of The National Jurist. The Family Law program received an A grade and the Business Law program received an A-, also ranking them among the nation’s best.  Oregon Law ’s Master of Laws program has been selected among the top 10 for Alternative Dispute Resolution by LL.M Guide, and Oregon Law is in the top ten of College Choice’s best master’s degree programs in negotiation and conflict management.  


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