Willamette University College of Law Plans to Hire More Faculty As Oregon Makes Progress With Diploma Privilege
The Oregon Supreme Court unanimously passed approval for consideration of two alternate pathways for law students to be admitted into the state bar. Willamette University College of Law plans to hire more faculty in the upcoming to years to accommodate experiential learning and expand the current curriculum.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of this continuing evolution in legal education and attorney licensure,” Willamette Law Dean Brian Gallini said. “Oregon’s work in this space creates a historic opportunity to expand our already distinguished faculty in order to accelerate our transformation into the Northwest’s leading law school in experiential learning.”
An extensive report from the Alternatives to Exam Task Force in In July 2021, recommended an experiential learning pathway to licensure and, separately, a supervised practice pathway.
The court held a public hearing to consider new proposals for alternative routes to the profession in the state. Following the hearing, the court invited and received public comments on the proposed alternative pathways.
Following the Oregon Supreme Court Ruling, it’s up to the Oregon State Bar, the Board of Bar Examiners, and law schools to collaborate and shift curricula to accommodate the two new proposed pathways to the profession.
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