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Willamette University College of Law

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Willamette University College of Law
Established 1883
School type Private
Dean Brian Gallini
Location Salem, OR, US
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Willamette University College of Law is located in Salem, OR

Willamette University College of Law is a private law school located in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, Willamette University is the oldest university in the western United States. The College of Law, which was founded in 1883, has approximately 30 law professors and a yearly entering class of 165 students. Located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the legislature, the College of Law is situated in close proximity to the centers of state law, government and business in Oregon.


Main entrance to Collins Legal Center
  • The law school only offers full-time enrollment.
  • Admissions deadline: April 1.
  • 2005 Admissions Statistics[1]
    • Acceptance rate: 35.1%
    • LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile): 153-157
  • 2006 Admissions Statistics[2]
    • LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile): 155-160
    • Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile): 2.99-3.54

Key facts

  • ABA Approved since 1938.[3]
  • Rankings
    • U.S. News rank: Tier 3[1]
    • Dispute Resolution program ranked 7th in 2006 by U.S. News & World Report.[4]


The College of Law was founded in 1883 and is the oldest law school in the Pacific Northwest.[5] WUCL became American Bar Association accredited in 1938 and in 1946 became a member of the Association of American Law Schools.[5] The school used to be located in Gatke Hall, a former United States Post Office.[6] After 1952 Willamette’s law school received the Lady Justice statute when the Marion County Courthouse was demolished to make way for a new courthouse.[6] The statue was relocated to the law school’s new home when the school moved into the Collins Legal Center. Lady Justice was formerly on the roof of the Marion County Courthouse.


WUCL is housed in the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center, or Collins Legal Center. The 75,000+ square foot building was renovated in 1996. It is located on Winter Street in Salem, just south of the Oregon State Capitol.[5] Students have 24 hour secure access to the building, and the building contains the fully functioning moot court.


The J.W. Long Law Library has 285,000 volumes and microform equivalents which include state and federal primary law sources, as well as treatises, periodicals and other secondary sources. The Law Library also has special collections in public international law, tax law and labor law and is a Selective Federal Government Documents Depository. Students have 24-hour access to the library.[5]


Through a partnership between the College of Law and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management a joint degree program is offered to students interested in earning both a J.D. and an M.B.A. concurrently. The program allows students to earn both degrees in four years. The M.B.A. is conferred in Business, Government, and Not-for-Profit Management.[7]

The Center for Dispute Resolution, founded in 1983 was one of the first in the western United States to offer coursework in the areas of arbitration, negotiation and mediation. Focusing on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), its program is a national model, and the center is annually recognized as one of the top-10 programs in the nation.[4]

WUCL also offers a Clinical Law Program that gives law students hands on professional experience in law offices and courtrooms across the country. The program consists of two main components, the Externship Program and the Civil Practice Clinic. Both parts allow students to participate in actual legal work.[8]

Collins Legal Center.


The LL.M. in Transnational Law educates law students on a variety of international law topics such as international business transactions, comparative law, as well as private international law. The program also covers dispute resolution and allows students to enroll in classes at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.[5]

Certificate programs

The law school offers four special certificate programs for students.[9]

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Law & Business
  • International & Comparative Law
  • Law & Government

Students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in Germany, Ecuador and China.[10]

Law journals

Distinguished current and past faculty

Distinguished alumni

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