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Lewis & Clark Law School



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Total Program Enrollment 750
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 162
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.24 - 3.65
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.12%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.0%
Tuition $38,180




Students who take the legal plunge at Lewis & Clark Law School in beautiful Portland, Oregon, enjoy professors who are “uniformly excellent and approachable for discussion about class topics and other issues striking your fancy.” The small size of the law school allows for an extremely personalized educational experience, and students benefit from this cozy setup on multiple levels, “from an academic perspective as well as from a func­tional perspective.” “I have been lucky enough to develop solid mentor relationships with specific professors that were particularly inspirational,” says a second-year student. Practically everyone involved in running the school, from the dean to the cafeteria staff, “seem to truly like each other,” and the well-regarded faculty is given an “unusual amount of influence in the way that the school is run, and [in the] the school’s policies.” Lewis & Clark Law School has a relatively small course load of required classes and offers a night program, bringing a large contingent of older and more experienced students to the classrooms, which “adds a valuable, practical dimension to the learning experience.” As one would expect from such an environmentally conscious institution, programs such as environmental and natural resources law and animal law are “unparalleled.” No matter what their specialization, the faculty is considered to be “inspirational and knowledgeable enough to stimulate thinking beyond what’s required by the curriculum,” and the school’s size “allows for an ideal student/teacher ratio that goes further to foster a highly effective teaching environment.” Lewis & Clark’s National Crime Victim Law Institute is another source of pride for the school, “leading the way in an emerging field of law.” Administrators are friendly, and accessible, “always willing to help out a student,” and they keep the law school “running very smoothly.” The research librarians are cited for being “very knowledgeable,” and the Career and Professional Development Center also does its part to make sure students’ needs are met, though some would like to see more non-metro area firms on campus. For students who are interested in staying in the area after graduation, there is “heavy support and involvement from the Portland legal com­munity,” and for others, “Alumni are distributed all around the world.”Since the school and its student body are known for being nature-friendly, it follows that the buildings on campus are all “green” and “tucked into a forested state park.” This is nice, students say, because “when you are facing the gut-wrenching pain of law school, a ‘walk in the park’ goes a long way.” Students are quite pleased with the library and the newer building, Wood Hall, but many are clamoring for an update of the other facilities. Portland is universally beloved as “a great place to live,” though students say the parking situation could stand some improvements. A graduating student sums up life at the law school this way: “The professors are passionate about what they teach, and the students actually want to help each other get ahead in school. And where else do you get to study while in an overly large tree house?”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 246

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./LL.M in Environmental & Natural Resources Law; 3-1/2 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 108
Full-Time Faculty 51
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 13
Part-Time Faculty 44
Faculty Gender 51% Male
48% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 49% Male
51% Female
Student Diversity
White 68%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,180 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $38,180 $38,180

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$59,580 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Lewis & Clark Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 157 - 163
LSAT Part-Time 153 - 161
LSAT Total 156 - 162

Lewis & Clark Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.28 - 3.65
Part-Time 3.17 - 3.65
Total 3.24 - 3.65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Interview, State Residency



The Princeton Review

#4 Most Liberal Students
#6 Most Chosen By Older Students

U.S. News & World Report

#54 Regional Universities Midwest Rankings



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 83%
First Time Pass Rate 82%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 77%


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $58,500
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 44 25%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 5 3%
Business Industry 32 18%
Government 21 12%
Public Interest 16 9%
Federal Clerkship 3 2%
State Clerkship 19 11%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 23 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
WA 5%
CA 9%
OR 63%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Lewis & Clark Law School include:

  • Wayne Perry - CEO Edge Wireless
  • Honorable Robert E Jones - US District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Heidi Heitkamp - U.S. Senator, North Dakota
  • Phil Schirilo - Special Advisor to the President
  • Earl Blumenauer - US Representative

Associations & Memberships

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