University of Oregon School of Law
Motto Mens agitat molem (Latin) Minds Move Mountains
Parent school University of Oregon
School type Public
Parent endowment US $ 491 million
Dean Margie Paris
Location Eugene, Oregon, USA
Enrollment J.D. 528 students; LL.M. 10 students
USNWR ranking 80
Bar pass rate 84%
Annual tuition $24,078 (Oregon resident)
The University of Oregon School of Law is a public law school in the U.S. state of Oregon. Housed in the Knight Law Center, it is Oregon's merely state funded law school. The school, founded in 1884, is located on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, on the corner of 15th and Agate streets, overlooking Hayward Field.
Oregon School of Law was founded in 1884 in Portland, Oregon. Richard R. Thornton organized the division that began as a 2-year program with 3 classes per week. In 1906, the course of study was lengthened to 3 years, and in April 1915, the school's board of regent's ordered that the program be moved to Eugene as part of a consolidation program within the university. While the school moved, some of the faculty stayed in Portland & started the Northwest College of Law, now the Lewis & Clark Law School. In 1923, the school was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), one of the first 39 schools to receive that merit in the initial year of the ABA approval of law schools.
In 1931, Wayne Morse became dean. Three years later, the law school organized a chapter of the national law school honor society, the Order of the Coif. In 1938, the law school moved to Fenton Hall. In 1939, the law school graduated Minoru Yasui, who later took his challenge to the military curfew on Japanese Americans during World War II all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
In 1941, Orlando John Hollis became acting dean. His selection became stable in 1945 when Morse resigned to run for the U.S. Senate. During the war years, many law students were called to service. In 1944, there were no graduating students; in 1945, only one student graduated. After the war's conclusion, the school admitted every returning veteran who required a legal education: out of 26 students who graduated in 1948, 25 had served in World War II.
The post-war era was marked by the Oregon legislature's adoption of law professor Kenneth O'Connell's Oregon Revised Statutes. Professor O'Connell was selected to the Oregon Supreme Court in 1958, and later became its chief justice.
During the 1960s, Professor (and later dean) Chapin Clark offered the school's first courses in environmental & natural resources law. Afterward that decade, Professor Jon Jacobson founded the school's Ocean and Coastal Law Center. In 1968, Eugene Scoles became dean.
In 1970, the law school moved into a new building, the Law Center. In 1974, the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics was established as a "living memorial" to former dean and U.S. Senator Wayne Morse. In 1977, Professor Hans A. Linde was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court. In 1978, the school established the first-in-the-world Environmental Law Clinic.
During the 1980s, the Environmental Law Clinic doubled in volume and was renamed the Pacific Northwest Natural Resources Clinic. In 1981, Professor Dave Frohnmayer became Oregon Attorney General. In 1982, students organized the first Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. In 1987, the Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation began publication.
In the new century, the school opened the suitable Dispute Resolution Program. In 2003, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program opened a completely staffed office. In 2004, the Center for Law & Entrepreneurship opened a Small Business Clinic to assist small and micro-businesses. The school as well has started a program in Portland, which moved into Portland's White Stag Building in 2008. The Portland Program highlights on business law and connected externships.
For the 2010-11 year, the law school is ranked 80th in the country by U.S. News & World Report 's 2011 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."
The University of Oregon is known for possessing the nation's first public law school to set up an environmental law program (ENR). The ENR Program is ranked 8th in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the 2010-11 educational year. The program includes a master's of law degree (LL.M.) option.
The law school also houses a well-known Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, which provides courses both to law students and to graduate students interested in earning a master's degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution. The ADR program is ranked 7th in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the 2010-11 academic year.
The law school's Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Program also is well regarded. For the 2010-11 academic year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the LRW Program 7th in the country.
Ann Aiken (1979) - Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Robert C. Belloni (1951) - former Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Suzanne Bonamici (1983) - member, Oregon State Senate
David V. Brewer (1977) - current Oregon Court of Appeals Chief Judge
William G. East (1932) - former Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
William A. Ekwall (1912) - former member, United States House of Representatives; former Judge, United States Customs Court
Edward N. Fadeley (1957) - former Justice, Oregon Supreme Court; former President, Oregon State Senate
Jack Faust - former broadcaster
John Frohnmayer (1972) - former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
Helen J. Frye (1966) - former Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Alfred Goodwin (1951) - Senior Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Bert E. Haney (1903) - former Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Arthur D. Hay (1911) - former Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Donald Hodel (1960) - former Secretary of Energy and Secretary of the Interior; former President, Christian Coalition; former President and CEO, Focus on the Family
Earl C. Latourette (1912) - former Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Malcolm F. Marsh (1954) - Senior Judge, United States District Court for the District of Oregon
Yosuke Matsuoka (1900) - Foreign Minister of Japan
Julius L. Meier (1895) - former Governor of Oregon
Hardy Myers (1964) - former Oregon Attorney General
Edwin J. Peterson (1957) - former Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
R. William Riggs (1968) - former Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Frederick Steiwer (1908) - former United States Senator from Oregon
Jacob Tanzer (1959) - former Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Thomas Tongue (1937) - former Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Richard Unis (1953) - former Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Martha Lee Walters (1977) - Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Harold Warner (1916) - former Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court
Wendell Wyatt (1941) - former member, United States House of Representatives
Ron Wyden (1974) - United States Senator from Oregon
Minoru Yasui (1939) - namesake for Yasui v. United States
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