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Schools Offering Law Programs in Oregon

Around 1.6% of Oregon's graduates graduate from law degree programs every year. That means an estimated 1,275 law professionals graduate from Oregon's 27 law schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Oregon that has a law program is Lewis & Clark College. Lewis & Clark College, which was ranked 27th in the country in 2010, is located in Portland. 214 students graduated with a degree in law from Lewis & Clark College in 2010. The tuition rate at Lewis & Clark College was $36,632 per year.

Willamette University, which is located in Salem, is the second-ranked school in Oregon that has a law program. It received a ranking of 28th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Willamette University graduated 139 students from its law program. The tuition rate at Willamette University was $37,361 per year.

The third-ranked school in Oregon with a law program is University of Oregon, which is located in Eugene. In 2010, it was ranked 61st nationwide. In 2010, University of Oregon graduated 196 students from its law programs. Students at University of Oregon paid $8,190 per year in tuition fees.


If you are hoping to attend one of Oregon's law schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $7,908 per year, though tuition can range from $37,361 per year to $2,643 per year. In 2010, the following Oregon law schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Willamette University - located in Salem, students are charged $37,361 per year
  2. Lewis & Clark College - located in Portland, students are charged $36,632 per year
  3. ITT Technical Institute-Portland - located in Portland, students are charged $18,048 per year

The law schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Oregon were:

  1. Central Oregon Community College - located in Bend, students are charged $2,643 per year
  2. Klamath Community College - located in Klamath Falls, students are charged $2,895 per year
  3. Clatsop Community College - located in Astoria, students are charged $2,952 per year

A law degree from an Oregon school... what next?

law graduates in Oregon can go into a variety of professions such as law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. If you decide to work as a law professional in Oregon, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 22,030 Oregon law professional as of 2010. This number includes 5,330 lawyers, 150 law clerks, and 410 administrative judges. In Oregon, the largest numbers of law professional work in the following counties:

  1. Clackamas County - 12,710 law professionals
  2. Marion County - 2,500 law professionals
  3. Lane County - 1,680 law professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 23,000 law professionals will be working in Oregon. This would require the number of law professional to grow by 9%.


law professionals in Oregon earn $61,755 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Oregon law professional earned as little as less than $20,910 per year or as much as more than $162,690 per year. The counties in Oregon with the highest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Clackamas County - $68,439 per year
  2. Marion County - $63,277 per year
  3. Lane County - $60,863 per year

The following counties in Oregon have the lowest average salaries for law professional:

  1. Douglas County - $45,472 per year
  2. Clatsop County - $48,240 per year
  3. Baker County - $49,620 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Oregon were:

  1. Judge - $108,810 per year
  2. Lawyer - $99,360 per year
  3. Police Detective - $74,920 per year

On average, the lowest paid law professionals in Oregon were:

  1. Court Clerk - $38,060 per year
  2. Bailiff - $37,470 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in law in Oregon and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in Oregon
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Oregon
  • Master's Degree in Law in Oregon
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Oregon
  • Certificate in Law in Oregon

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Lawyers 5,330 $99,360 14.9%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 5,140 $58,310 -0.8%
Legal Secretaries 3,540 $41,640 -8.3%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 2,160 $50,730 27.1%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 2,130 $49,180 6.0%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 2,060 $38,060 21.9%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 660 $74,920 -8.3%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 410 $66,890 28.1%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 390 $108,810 2.6%
Judicial Law Clerks 150 $53,930
Bailiffs 60 $37,470 20.0%

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