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Admissions Question: August 21

August 21, 2016

Q: I am interested in the option of work-study while attending law school - is that available?


A: Work-study is the term used to work while getting some of your funding paid by the government rather than the organization that employs you.  You must qualify for work-study based on your financial need.  This will be determined by what you submit in your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Work-study funds at Lewis & Clark Law School are mostly distributed to upper division students who are doing legal work, rather than to first year students who are not usually qualified for those jobs yet.  If you’d like more detail about what would qualify you for work-study, you should inquire further with the Financial Aid Office at


That said, many people work and go to school.  Most people who do this choose to pursue our part-time program, which allows one to work during the day and attend law school at night.  It’s a 4 year, rather than 3 year, program, but it does help continue one’s income while in school.  The first year one would attend either the day program (FT) or evening program (a lighter course load).  After the first year, one can choose to go part-time or full-time in day or evening classes.


There is, of course, summer work that one could also pursue while not in classes to help alleviate the cost of attendance.  And, if qualified, obtaining a merit-based scholarship can also help.