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Scholarships and Awards

Emphasizing our firm commitment to access to legal education in times of increasing educational costs, Lewis & Clark Law School awards scholarship aid to a significant percentage of each year’s entering class in the form of our merit-based Dean’s Scholarships and to current upper division scholarships in a variety of different awards.

Retention data for merit-based awards can be found here.

Scroll down for descriptions of the Dean’s awards and more scholarships offered to students at Lewis & Clark Law School, as well as awards offered by organizations outside of the law school. 

Scholarships for Entering Students 

  • This scholarship is awarded annually and is funded by the Quinault Indian Allottees Association. The scholarship is available to all incoming students, however, preference is given first to  Quinault Allottees, then to Native American regional and national applicants with a connection to their culture and heritage. 

  • Dean’s Scholarships are awarded to new students at the time an offer of admission is made. The scholarships are automatically renewed each year as long as the recipient maintains a 2.60 gpa and remains in good disciplinary standing. The awards are based primarily on exceptional academic achievement and professional promise. The scholarship committee also takes need into consideration for those who qualify on merit.

Scholarships and Awards for Current Upper Division Students

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  • Named for Steven Manas who died in a kayaking accident in his third year of law school, this annual scholarship is awarded to an outstanding upper-division student in environmental law.
  • Named for Judge Roosevelt Robinson, a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and a beloved community leader. This endowed fund provides at least one scholarship per year to a current student who will contribute to the ethnic diversity of the Oregon Bar or who has a demonstrated interest in and commitment to increasing the ethnic diversity of the Oregon Bar and who has shown strong academic performance and demonstrated financial need.
  • Students may apply to work on a research project with a faculty member. The program matches students with faculty based on research interest, related coursework, and academic achievement. Research topics reflect the wide range of interests among the faculty. Examples of fellowships include awards for research related to articles on alternative dispute resolution and on fundamental constitutional rights, a bioethics anthology, a new book on salmon, and an Oregon water law treatise.
  • This scholarship was created by faculty, alumni and friends to honor long-time staff member Pat Kraske. The scholarship is open to non-traditional aged female law students.
  • The Paul H. Casey Scholarships were established by Paul Casey in honor of his late father, Henry Casey. The Scholarships reflect Henry Casey’s vision of education, which involved not only intellectual enrichment but also attention to values, integrity, and character. Scholarship recipients are selected because they reflect Henry Casey’s values and follow his tradition of integrity and citizenship. Each recipient receives $10,000/year for two years.
  • Neva Elliott, one of few female students at Lewis & Clark at the time of her attendance, worked for the law school and attended classes at night. She graduated in 1935. Ms. Elliott expressed her appreciation to the law school by establishing an endowed scholarship.
  • John Bates, a former president of the Board of Trustees at Lewis & Clark College, is a long time supporter of the Law School. John and his wife, Susan, established an endowment to encourage and support law students who are planning to pursue a career in business law, particularly with regard to securities or securities litigation. A $10,000 scholarship is granted to one student each year.
  • The Jane Wiener Scholarship Fund was established in 1985 to recognize Jane Wiener, a 1974 graduate of the Law School. The scholarship is intended to provide support to law students with physical disabilities.
  • The Helping Hand Scholarship was established by an anonymous alumni who graduated from law school with a profound respect for fellow students that juggled their studies and raising small children. The Helping Hand Scholarship is available to current students who are single parents with children under the age of 18 and special consideration is given to students with children under the age of six. This award is typically given to more than one student each year.
  • Named after alumna Joyce Ann Harpole J.D. ‘79 this award is presented to a current law school student who embodies the qualities of Mrs. Harpole - a dedication to his or her legal studies and to the pursuit of justice while maintaining a sense of balance among career, family, and community and a dedication to his or her legal studies. Recipients are nominated by their peers.
  • These scholarships are funded through the generosity of the Gantenbein Society, a group of individuals who annually contribute $5,000 or more to the Law School. The scholarship is intended for students who have completed their first year of law school and have a record of outstanding performance. Each recipient receives an award of $5,000 and has a demonstrated record of good citizenship both within the law and in the greater community.
  • An international law writing competition initiated in 1987 for Lewis & Clark law students, which carries a $2,000 cash award. Find out more.

  • This scholarship seeks to perpetuate the values embraced by Candise DuBoff-Jones, a 1977 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. Students may apply in their second or third year of law school. The awards are granted to students who have a passion for the law, financial need, scholarly achievement and a demonstrated commitment to his or her school, profession and community. This award is typically given to more than one student each year.
  • Created in memory of a law student, the recipients are to have a strong interest in public service and a work ethic that does not place personal gain as a first priority.  Recipients must show a willingness to use their legal skills to help others in trouble and in need of a champion of their cause. Additionally, when possible, the award is to go to students from the state of Washington who have an intention to practice there.
  • Available to current law students with a demonstrated commitment to the study and practice of animal law.
  • This award honors the memory of Andrea Swanner Redding who graduated first in her class in 1986. Ms. Swanner Redding also served as Assistant Dean of Career Services at the law school at the time of her passing in 1996. She was also very active in Oregon State and Multnomah County Bar activities, National Association for Law Placement and Oregon Woman Lawyers.
  • Awarded annually to a current student who exemplifies the qualities of professional dedication and intellectual insight that Al Hein brought to the study and advancement of labor law in Oregon.
  • The Alumni Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated alumni who continue to contribute to the Law School through personal and financial support. A current student is selected for this scholarships based on financial need, community involvement, scholarly achievement and plans for staying involved with the Law School after graduation.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are those that are awarded by an organization other than Lewis & Clark, but that may be used to help with costs incurred as a law student at Lewis & Clark. Outside scholarships that we are currently aware of are listed here:
  • For under-represented racial & ethnic minorities.
  • For Native American students pursuing a graduate degree
  • Scholarship for Native American students pursing a graduate degree.
  • First-year law students from under-represented minority groups may apply for these $15,000 scholarships
  • A scholarship for third-year students who wish to advance equal rights and justice for lesbians and gays.
  • Birth Injury Justice is a Informational and educational resource on Birth Injuries like Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida sponsored by the Becker Law firm. To be eligible for the scholarship an applicant needs to be in good academic standing, write a short essay and be attending an accredited educational institution. The selected applicant will receive a $1000 check made out to their law school for use for tuition, books, or other educational expenses. For more information about the scholarship, please click here.

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  • This scholarship is open to graduate students who are pursuing an advanced degree (either Masters or Doctoral) in any subject at an accredited institution in the United States. One individual will be designated each year and awarded a one-time scholarship of $6,500 to support his or her full-time graduate study. See here for more details.
  • The Diversity Scholarship is $2,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited law school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. Deadline: May 31.
  • Davis Levin Livingston, a Hawaii law firm, offers a $3000 scholarship for a law student who intends to practice public interest law. The recipient must be a current law school student, or has been accepted to attend law school.
  • Dwyer Williams Potter Attorneys LLP is pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship to students entering law school in the fall of 2014.  The scholarship is available to students graduating from a college or university in Oregon, who have been accepted to an accredited law school anywhere in the United States.  The funding is intended to help defray first-year expenses.
  • All pre-law and law students currently registered in an accredited American university or college are encouraged to apply for this $3,000 scholarship. Applicants must write an essay on a specified topic.
  • A $1,000 scholarship is being offered by the law firm Fisher & Talwar. All of the details can be found on their website, Fisher & Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship page including eligibility, application materials and deadline information.
  • Two $1,250 scholarships awarded to any students enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate degree program.  Based on an essay on e-commerce. Deadline: December 15
  • The ACA awards one $2,500 cash scholarship each year to a worthy incoming third year law student in memory of former ACA President George Kerr.  Deadline May 1.
  • Scholarships will be awarded to three winners: one grand prize winner receiving $1,000 and two runners-up receiving $500 each. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application essay they provide. Deadline: June 1st. 
  • The Goodwin & Scieszka Innovation Scholarship is awarded to three high-achieving, bright students intending to pursue a career in law. With a grand prize of $1,000 and two runners-up receiving $500 each, the Innovation Scholarship accepts applications from current students attending either an accredited law school or an accredited university in the United States. Applicants are be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application essay they provide.
  • Awarded to a current law student of Hispanic origin.
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  • $5,000 scholarship awarded to an academically qualified law student who has demonstrated commitment to advancing equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in Orange County. Deadline April 1.
  • $1,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of law school and promote the pursuit of justice for those injured by medical malpractice or negligence. For more information and how to apply, click here.
  • For students seeking careers in Maritime Affairs or International Trade, including Admiralty Law or Trade Law.
  • Scholarship for law students who are a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career. 
  • For incoming law students of diverse & financially disadvantaged backgrounds with an interest in corporate law.
  • Two scholarship opportunities for African-Americans law school applicants.
  • Various scholarships awarded to law students who demonstrate a commitment to serve or contribute to the Asian Pacific American community as future leaders.
  • For incoming law students of Italian heritage.
  • Sponsored by the Indian Section of the Washington State Bar and the Northwest Indian Bar Association. Awards go to current Native American law students attending law school in the Northwest.

Veterans Education Benefits

Those receiving Veteran Education Benefits should review our Veterans Services website then contact Curt Luttrell, the veterans benefits coordinator at 503-768-6036 or luttrell@lclark.edu.

More Resources

State Bar Associations – several states have scholarships for residents of their state that can be applied to ANY school one attends (in or out of that state). Please check with individual state bars and ask about scholarship opportunities.

Links: Applicants may search for other outside scholarships through Internet sources such as these:

http://www.finaid. org

http://www.fastweb. com

http://www.srnexpress. com/index.cfm

Please note that if you receive an outside scholarship, you should report it to our Student Financial Services office. If you notify us after receiving your financial aid package, your award may be adjusted.