« on: February 16, 2007, 01:15:32 PM »
I've been accepted at WU and went to their preview day a few weeks ago. WU is not a T14. It doesn't claim to be, but I also believe that its T3 status is wrong. Personally, when someone on this board talks about T3 or T4 I imagine a school that run primarily for profit, accepts almost anyone, and offers the student little in return for their investment. This is definately not the case with Willamette. It has the highest bar passage rate of all three Oregon schools and has just as good, if not better, employment numbers. The school is literally across the street from the state capital. Clerkships and internships are easy to land with so many government agencies nearby. There are several members of the Oregon Supreme Court(including the Chief Justice) who are willamette alums, as well as several important people in some of the higher levels of Oregon's government. Quite a large number of west coast firms also come for OCIs.
At the preview day, I was very impressed with the law schools dean (something like 4 law degrees, 2 of which from Harvard). Apparently, from what I've heard, the dean before him nearly ruined the school leading to its drop in prestige, so that may explain why it still looked down upon. Also, the school does drop a fairly significant portion of its students (something like 10-15%), so expect to work very hard. Also, I get the sense that although the T3 status may be unfair, it is still real, and so the WU name may not go very far outside of Oregon.