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University of Oregon School of Law

Oregon Law offers a rigorous and comprehensive legal education with a curriculum that provides the fundamental intellectual and analytic skills for the practice of law, an introduction to advanced and frontier areas of law, knowledge of the persistent values of law and the legal system, and opportunities to develop hands-on legal skills. Special centers and programs provide additional resources for students and link the law school to the community at large in areas that include Business; Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Ocean and Coastal Law; Family, Child and Elder Law; Appropriate Dispute Resolution; Law and Entrepreneurship; and Public Interest-Public Service. The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics is a university-wide center housed in the Law School that brings world-renowned scholars and activists to Oregon each year for interdisciplinary research, publication, teaching and public discussion of critical topics in the fields of law and politics.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 480
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.63
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 73.66%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 70.2%
In State Tuition $28,354
Out of State Tuition $35,374

Overview

Overview

About University of Oregon School of Law

Oregon Law offers a rigorous and comprehensive legal education with a curriculum that provides the fundamental intellectual and analytic skills for the practice of law, an introduction to advanced and frontier areas of law, knowledge of the persistent values of law and the legal system, and opportunities to develop hands-on legal skills. Special centers and programs provide additional resources for students and link the law school to the community at large in areas that include Business; Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Ocean and Coastal Law; Family, Child and Elder Law; Appropriate Dispute Resolution; Law and Entrepreneurship; and Public Interest-Public Service. The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics is a university-wide center housed in the Law School that brings world-renowned scholars and activists to Oregon each year for interdisciplinary research, publication, teaching and public discussion of critical topics in the fields of law and politics.

Reviews

As the state’s only public law, the University of Oregon’s School of Law provides numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary learning that go beyond the traditional cur­riculum (such as intersections with journalism, conflict resolution, and environmental studies), and a robust commitment to public service and public interest law. The school's clinics and externship opportunities and “amazing” legal writing and research program round out the affordable and respected degree on offer here.Every faculty and staff member at Oregon is “extremely focused on the student experi­ence.” “You can always get ahold of your professor, and the Dean even holds office hours, allowing you to go and discuss whatever you'd like with him,” says a student. For com­mon occurrences like clinics, externships and registration, the “amazingly helpful” administration “has made everything flow very easily.” Conversely, if you have a special situation, “administrators are always available to meet and discuss solutions with you.” “The school is small enough that you really get to know the faculty and administration, and they will help you in any way they can to network and get jobs,” says a 2L (though some admit that the school “could use more career services related to jobs out of state”). The school’s major focus is on public interest law, but it has “a high number of specialized programs and great faculty that allow for students to get a great education in their area of interest,” and “is very supportive of students who want to pursue non-Big Law careers.”The classroom experience is “very collaborative,” and members of the “empowered student body” are supportive of one another all hours of the day. Students do worry that the University of Oregon (and law schools in general) are “not concerned enough about practical lawyering skills,” and wish that the administration could hurry along the pro­cess for creating even more clinics. “In order for the legal job market to weather this ongoing crisis, law schools must take swift measures to make law schools more afford­able, practical, and efficient,” says one. Top programs and centers such as the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship’s Small Business Clinic (which assists small and micro-businesses) help to offset this need and add to the school’s reputation.The law school has addressed these issues through offering 9 different clinical opportu­nities each year wither between 110 and 180 seats. There is also a robust externship pro­gram. Top programs and centers such as the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, and the Center for Law and Entrepreneurship’s Small Business Clinic (which assists small and microbusinesses) help to offset most other experiential complaints and add to the school’s reputation.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 149

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 12

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

The University of Oregon School of Law offers concurrent degree programs enabling a student to earn a JD and a master's degree in approximately four years: JD/MBA Business & Law; JD/MA or JD/MS Environmental Studies; JD/MA International Studies; JD/MA or JD/MS Conflict & Dispute Resolution; JD/MA or JD/MS & Journalism; JD/MA or JD/MS in Community and Regional Planning; JD/MA or JD/MS in Public Administration; and a JD / MS in Water Sciences with Oregon State University.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 59
Full-Time Faculty 31
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 49% Male
49% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 79%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $28,354 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,854 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,208 $28,354

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,374 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,854 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,228 $35,374

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$38,733 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

University of Oregon School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 160
LSAT Total 155 - 160

University of Oregon School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.09 - 3.63
Total 3.09 - 3.63

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#5 Most Liberal Students

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 74%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 76%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 45
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 70%
Average Starting Salary $44,152
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 16 14%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Business Industry 14 12%
Government 24 21%
Public Interest 16 14%
Federal Clerkship 3 3%
State Clerkship 20 18%
Academia 2 2%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 35 22%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 6%
WA 14%
OR 53%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Oregon School of Law include:

  • Katherine Gurun - Former VP & General Counsel, Bechtel Corporation
  • Matthew McKeown - Acting Asst. Atty Gen., Envir. & Nat. Res., USDOJ
  • Jim Carter - VP & General Counsel, Nike
  • Alfred T. Goodwin - Former Chief Judge, US Ct. of Appeals, Ninth Cir.
  • Ron Wyden - U.S. Senator

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