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Willamette Jumps to Second Place Among “Best Value” Private Law Schools in the Country

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For the second year in a row, Willamette University College of Law was ranked among the nation’s “Best Value Law Schools” by PreLaw magazine. This time, the College of Law jumped to second place among the nation’s 107 private law schools. Of the 199 public and private law schools accredited by the ABA, only 59 qualified for this ranking and most of them are public law schools. Of those 59, only one private law school (Brigham Young) ranked ahead of Willamette. Two other private schools received the same grade. All other private law schools in the Pacific Northwest ranked below Willamette. To qualify for ranking, law schools must have a bar passage rate higher than the state average; average student indebtedness of less than $100,000; and an employment rate of 85 percent or higher for students nine months after they graduate. Willamette’s bar passage exceeded the state average by a margin that places Willamette within the top 20 law schools on the “Best Value” list. Among the Pacific Northwest law schools, only the University of Washington ranks as well as Willamette. “This ranking simply confirms what we have always known,” said Dean Symeon Symeonides, “namely, that Willamette provides a first-rate legal education without charging an exorbitant price, and that a law school’s value does not depend on pre-admission credentials but rather on the post-admission work of students and faculty. I am proud of both.” To read the story about the “Best Value Law Schools” list, visit www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/prelaw_2010fall/#/22. Oregon Bar Exams 90%

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82% the eighth consecutive year, For 81% Willamette’s bar passage rate 80% was higher than the state average. 79.0% 79% Willamette graduates who took 78% Oregon bar exam for the first the 77% in July 2010 passed at a rate time of76%76 percent.75.7% The average for all 75% other first-time takers was 74.5 74% percent. Although this is the 73% smallest difference in the last five 72% years, it is in keeping with the 71% Willamette tradition of solid 70% performance on the bar exam 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 and beyond.

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Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2010 Vol. X, No. 2