Willamette University: College of Law


Willamette University
College of Law

Willamette University College of Law  was founded in 1883 as the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. Willamette Law educated many of the first leaders in our region.

Among our distinguished alumni are several federal judges and state Supreme Court justices, U.S. Senators and Representatives, state governors, and heads of Fortune 500 companies.

Located on the West Coast in Oregon’s capital city, Salem, Willamette University College of Law is situated in the epicenter of Oregon state law, government, and business. It emphasizes small class sizes, excellence in teaching, and a high level of faculty-student interaction. Salem is also home to our state capitol, right across the street from campus.

This powerful proximity allows our students to dive into government internships and externships, sit in on legislative sessions, or take a walk through the beautiful capitol building and capitol park. The Oregon Supreme Court and multiple state agencies can also be found right here in Salem.

Salem is one hour south of Portland, the largest city in Oregon and a top ten place to live in the United States.

Alumni who graduated from our program have used their skills in a wide array of fields, including the judiciary, state and federal government, private practice, and public interest and business. Additionally, Willamette Law has the best JD job placement rate in the state of Oregon and is one of the top 10 law schools for job placement on the west coast. LLM students have full access to and support from our team of career advisors.

Willamette Law faculty includes some of the most respected legal scholars in the country. Our Faculty is nationally recognized for their research, publications, and contributions to the law. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 and selective enrollment of about 300 students, Willamette boasts an intellectual intimacy unmatched by most law schools in the United States. As a community, Willamette’s faculty and staff are committed to the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship, to diversity, and to public service.

LLM Specializations
Dispute Resolution - The 24- credit LLM in Dispute Resolution curriculum begins with the fundamentals of dispute resolution, including courses in Arbitration Theory and Practice, Mediation and Mediation Advocacy, Negotiation, and Conflict Theory. Specialized subjects include International Law and Dispute Resolution, Advanced Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Transnational Law - The 25- credit LLM in Transnational Law can range from courses in water law to international taxation. The program will allow you the opportunity to apply comparative and international legal insights to domestic law topics while broadening your knowledge in the important and fast-changing areas of international law. Our Transnational LLM program is taught by internationally recognized scholars and professors such as James Nafziger and Symeon Symeonides.

Willamette University Law offers optional on campus graduate housing with a variety of convenient amenities, including optional meal plans, on-site laundry facilities, and cable/WIFI.

Merit Based Scholarships are awarded by the College of Law ranging in amounts from $1,000 to full tuition.

How to Apply
Complete a free application and connect with an Admission Counselor today!

No application deadline and start dates available in the Fall and the Spring.

Contact Information
Office of Admissions
Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter Street SE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: +1 (503) 370-6282

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