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College of Law Exceeds Goals Ahead of Schedule

In 2000, the College of Law adopted a Long-Range Plan with quantified goals and benchmarks for the ensuing seven years. With regard to admissions, the plan called for:

To date, the College of Law has exceeded these goals: • Applications to Willamette increased from 645 in 2000 to 1,556 in 2005, the highest number in the school’s history. The number declined to 1,343 in 2006; however, it is still 108.2 percent higher than in 2000 and remains the second highest in the school’s history. This increase exceeds by 50 percent the national increase (see chart 1). • The acceptance rate dropped to the lowest and best point in the

• Expanding the size of the applicant pool; • Improving the acceptance rate by an average of five points per year, from 74 percent (in 2000) to 39 percent by 2007; and • Raising the entering class LSAT median from the 59th national percentile (in 2000) to the 65th percentile by 2003 and the 70th by 2007.

school’s history in 2005; in 2006 it was two points lower than the goal set for 2007 (see chart 2). • The LSAT median rose from 59.1 percent to 72.2 percent in 2006, with similar improvements at the 75th and 25th percentile points (see chart 3).

WUCL LSAT Scores in National Percentiles

WUCL Acceptance Rate

Applications for Admission 141.2%

140%

85%

80%

81.7%

75%

120% 108.2%

100%

74.0%

80% 76.5%

70%

75%

95.8%

65%

74.5%

74.0%

64.0%

72.4% 68.7%

70%

80% 60%

66.8% 64.5%

60% 58.5% 34.9%

40%

55%

60.0%

66.0%

65%

53.7%

50% 26.3%

20% 16.4%

40%

57.3% 55.4%

55% 39.9%

37.0%

57.1% 53.0%

51.8%

50%

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05

20

04

20

03

20

02

20

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20

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35.0%

WUCL 75th

30%

06 20 05 20 04 20 03 20 02 20 01 20 00 20

Applicants Nationally

61.9%

59.1%

20

Applications Nationally

35%

64.8% 65.3%

62.7%

20

06 20 05 20 04 20 03 20 02 20 01 20 00

20

WUCL Applications

60%

45%

0%

72.2%

72.7%

72.9%

WUCL Median WUCL 25th

WUCL Leads the State in Bar Passage Willamette’s College of Law graduates continue to surpass their peers in Oregon State Bar examination passage. Eighty-three percent of WUCL’s May graduates who took the July 2006 exam passed. The state-wide passage rate among first-time takers was 81.6 percent. Willamette students have exceeded the state average in three of the last four years — once by 11 points.

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Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2006 • Vol. VI, No. 2