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Willamette Surpasses Peers on Bar Exam — Once Again

Bar Passage in Oregon (First-Timers) WUCL All Others

86.4%

88.0%

89.2%

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In the last seven years, Willamette law graduates have outperformed the graduates of other law schools by an average of 6.8 percentage points.

78.8%

75.1%

75.7%

75.5%

79.8%

81.4% 79.0%

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71.8%

This difference of 12.9 percentage points is the second largest in the last 30 years. The highest was in 2004 (84.9 percent for Willamette vs. 71.8 percent for the other schools).

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75.9%

For the seventh consecutive year, the graduates of Willamette University College of Law have outperformed their peers on the Oregon State Bar examination. Eighty-eight percent of Willamette graduates who took the July 2009 exam for the first time passed. The graduates of all other law schools passed at a rate of 75.1 percent.

83.0%

84.9%

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The National Jurist Ranks WUCL a ‘Best Value Law School’ Willamette University College of Law recently was ranked among the top “Best Value Law Schools” by The National Jurist. The September 2009 issue of the magazine lists the top 65 law schools that give students the best bang for their buck — those that “carry a low price tag and are able to prepare their students incredibly well for today’s competitive job market.” At No. 58, Willamette’s law school ranked above the other three private law schools in the Northwest.

In forming their ranking, The National Jurist compared public schools with in-state tuition below $25,000 and private schools with tuition less than $30,000, schools with employment rates above 85 percent, and school bar passage rates exceeding their state average. For more information on “Best Value Law Schools,” visit nxtbook. com/nxtbooks/cypress/nationaljurist0909/#/30.

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Willamette Lawyer | Fall 2009 • Vol. IX, No. 2