Willamette University College of Law - Academics - Programs

Programs

The JD program has both a traditional three-year, full-time curriculum or a part-time day program that can take a maximum of six years. Students' initial enrollment can only begin with the fall term each year. Through a partnership between the College of Law and Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, a joint degree program is offered to students interested in earning both a JD and an MBA concurrently. The program allows students to earn both degrees in four years instead of five years if completed separately. The business portion of the program is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, while the law portion, along with the entire law school, is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Willamette also offers two three-plus-three programs to allow students to earn both an undergraduate degree and law degree in a total of six years. Through partnerships with Willamette's College of Liberal Arts and Oregon State University, students can earn a bachelor degree in three years and a law degree in three years, amounting to a decrease of one year from the standard seven years combined to earn both a bachelor and law degree. Both JD and joint-degree students have the option of enrolling in the certificate programs, studying abroad, working at the Clinical Law Program, and taking classes from the Center for Dispute Resolution.

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 ten programs in the nation. In 2006, the Dispute Resolution program was ranked 7th by U.S. News & World Report.

Willamette's College of Law 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 real-life legal work.

Students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in Germany, Ecuador and China. The China program began in 1984, followed by the Ecuador program in 1995, and in 2002 Germany was added.

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