What makes our students and graduates uncommonly good?
Our students’ credentials rank us in the top quartile of all ABA accredited law schools in the country; the 2010 entering class median GPA was 3.48; the median LSAT score was 162. Many of our students have advanced degrees, including those in engineering, science and the social sciences. The school has achieved national recognition for our first-in-the-country, consistently top-ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Program (winner of the 2001 ABA Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law & Policy Award), our highly ranked legal research and writing program, and our Small and Emerging Business Law Program, the only one of its kind in the country.
Racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity.
The 700-plus students attending Lewis & Clark Law School represent a wide spectrum of experiences, ages, lifestyles, cultures and races; 24% are minorities. Over 70% of our students come from outside the state; 41 states and 149 undergraduate colleges are represented. Nearly 26% of our students are enrolled in the evening program. The school is increasingly enrolling international students, and in the past few years has welcomed students from England, France, Russia, Canada, Korea, Japan, China, India, Pakistan, Peru, and elsewhere.
Leading employers hire from Lewis & Clark.
Our students and alumni annually compete with those from other top law schools for jobs in major law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest groups. Recent hires include:
Government: Honors Attorney Programs: US EPA, US DOJ, SEC, IRS.
Law Firms & Private Corporations: Orrick, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Jones Day, Hunton & Williams, Hale & Dorr, Vinson & Elkins, Troutman Sanders, Stoel Rives, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, Davis Wright Tremaine, Miller Nash, Tonkon Torp, Perkins Coie, Klarquist Sparkman, Lane Powell, K&L Gates, Caterpillar, Intel, SEH America, Geron Corp., Tektronix.
Public Interest: Legal Services Corporation Offices nationwide, Center for International Environmental Law, Southern Environmental Law Center, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Humane Society of the United States, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife.
Judicial Clerks: Lewis & Clark consistently produces a high percentage of judicial clerks from its graduating classes; 12.4% of the class of 2010 entered judicial clerkships.
An active, engaged student body.
From the Law School’s earliest days, student participation and initiative has been encouraged shaping the curriculum, activities, and services of our school. Student groups raise funds for summer public interest stipends, educate students on issues and areas of law, perform community service, oversee pro bono projects, and provide students with the skills to be tomorrow’s leaders.
The law school hosts a diverse collection of active student groups.
Academics, practical skills, and law journals.
With programs focusing on Environmental and Natural Resources, Business, Intellectual Property, Tax, Criminal, Indian, Public Interest, International, and Animal law, our students and alumni receive a unique breadth and depth of academic opportunity. Beyond the classroom, students learn the skills of practicing law through Clinics and Practical Skills courses, and our Law Reviews give students the chance to explore legal writing and scholarship.
Upper division students whose cumulative GPA is 3.20 or greater on at least 9 graded credit hours qualify for the Scholar List.