Lewis and Clark Law School

General Info

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Lewis and Clark Law School (L&C), or Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College by its full name, is a private American law school located in Portland, Oregon. Its enrollment is small and fairly selective. For the last two years, L&C's Environmental Law program has been the highest-rated in the United States. L&C offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, with optional certificate programs in the following areas: Business and Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and Tax Law. The master of laws (L.L.M.) degree is offered in Environmental Law. Located on the Southern end of Portland in the hills west of the Willamette River, Lewis & Clark Law School is associated with Lewis & Clark College, and reflects the progressive values of both Portland and the College.

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Lewis and Clark Law School Admissions

Lewis and Clark Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 59% of its applicants. Comparatively, Lewisandclark is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1472 866 (58.83%) 172 (11.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.08 3.32 3.59
LSAT 154 158 161

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $41,328 $41,328
Part Time $31,006 $31,006

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $22,600
  • Living off-campus: $22,600
  • Living at home: $22,600

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 03/15
  • Application Fee: $50

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Lewis and Clark Law School Community

Lewis and Clark Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Lewisandclark is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 42
  • Part Time: 72


  • # Female Faculty: 46
  • # Minority Faculty: 16


14.0 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Lewis and Clark Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Lewis and Clark Law School 1L section size is 22% larger than law schools in Oregon and 16% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Lewis and Clark Law School: 174
Oregon Average: 135
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 527
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 183

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 317
  • Law Journals: 241
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 6.3%
  • Second Year: 1.1%
  • Third Year: 0.5%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Lewis and Clark Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Lewis and Clark Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 82% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 70.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 38.0%
  • Business: 18.0%
  • Government: 17.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • Oregon: 65%
  • Washington: 8%
  • California: 5%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 70.5%
  • First Time Takers: 183
  • Average School: 80.6%
  • Average State: 73.6%
  • Pass Difference: 7.0%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Oregon: 73.6%
  • Passed: 104 of 129 (80.6%)
  • State Average: 73.6%
  • Difference: 7.0%