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The first thing we do, let’s cut our law students’ tuition & make the undergrads pay

UO – meaning mostly CAS – has been subsidizing our money pit of a law school since Michael Moffitt’s “business school case-study dream” turned out to be a scam. Today UO’s Trustees let them raise tuition – but instead of paying back their debt they’re going to use it to continue to give law students 1/2 off on tuition. for their new all-remote classes. Meanwhile UO undergrads are expected to pay for themselves, and for the law students.

To quote Martin Luther King, “Go Ducks!”:

From: “Oregon Law Dean” <[email protected]>
Subject: Dean’s Message about COVID-19
Date: March 17, 2020 at 9:23:49 PM PDT
Reply-To: [email protected]

Dear Alumni and Friends:
The ultimate measure of an individual is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk their position, their prestige, and even their life for the welfare of others.

– Adapted from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 book, Strength to Love
Like many of you, I have been following reports of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and reflecting on just how connected we are to one another and how our choices affect those around us. You may have received a message earlier this week from the university alumni office updating you on some measures taken by the university. I want to keep you updated on law school operations as well.

Instruction for our JD and LLM programs is being delivered remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Classes in those programs end on April 26. Exams for our undergraduate legal studies program and master’s program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (aka CRES) are being administered remotely this week. Instruction for those programs, which are on the term schedule, will be delivered remotely at least through April 17. The university will provide further guidance about plans for the rest of the term no later than April 10.

Per the State of Oregon’s orders and recommendations, we have and will be, cancelling many events, as well. Protecting the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. Please check our website for updates.

One of Oregon Law’s signature events, the 18th Annual Frohnmayer Public Service Award Event in Portland, will be postponed until further notice. We will be celebrating the Honorable John V. Acosta in the future. If you have already signed up, we will be sending a separate message to you soon.

To keep up-to-date on the University of Oregon’s response, here is the official website regarding information on the Coronavirus, which will be updated as needed.

Through all of these changes our faculty and staff have continued to put our students’ learning and overall wellbeing first. I am proud of the way that our community is adjusting and taking care of each other.

Please stay healthy and safe. We look forward to seeing you in person once the risks subside.

Go Ducks!

Marcilynn A. Burke
Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law


  1. 2ManyLawSchools 03/18/2020

    How much is law school losing a year? More than athletics?

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