Coronavirus Information and Update: Spring 2021 Plans

What You Need to Know

Please keep checking back as we will update this section as information becomes pertinent.

Academic Calendar

The 2020-2021 Academic Calendar is now available here (scroll down). Orientation is typically scheduled on a Friday in mid-August 2021. Stay tuned for exact date. Attendance is mandatory for all incoming 1L students.  

Academic FAQs

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Libby Davis answers some FAQ’s for new students. You may find some interesting stuff in here so please take time to look through it!

Academic Enhancement Program (AEP)

AEP employs holistic and data-driven techniques to help students from all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented ethnic, socioeconomic, or cultural groups, successfully enter the legal profession. AEP focuses on providing avenues for success in four areas: admissions, acclimation, acquisition of skills, and acceptance to the bar.

From its beginnings as a night school in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Law School has valued diversity. We firmly believe that our community must reflect the diversity in society to best provide for participants’ intellectual and professional growth. The earliest student bodies included plumbers and corporate executives, teachers and homemakers, recent college graduates and students working on second or third careers. Ethnic diversity adds to this mix, providing a more complete setting for students and faculty to study law.

We have historically worked hard to spread the word among the nation’s future ethnic minority law students that Lewis & Clark Law School offers a welcoming academic atmosphere. In the 1970s the law school decided to take a more active role in diversifying the student body and the legal field. At that time the school began a program now known as the Academic Enhancement Program (AEP). The program was established in order to bridge cultural differences that may exist between ethnic minority law students and the legal academic and professional communities, and to address academic issues before and during law school. AEP has since evolved to include students who are not members of an ethnic minority but who may have experienced cultural or socioeconomic barriers to education. Find out more information here.

AEP Summer Institute

Every year, the Academic Enhancement Program offers an eight-day intensive course (tentatively scheduled two weeks before Orientation) to incoming first-year law students known as the Summer Institute. The institute accepts forty applicants each year to participate in workshops covering: basic legal concepts and analytical tools, real first-year lectures from Lewis & Clark Professors, exam skills, including a mock exam and debrief session, time and stress management techniques, an introduction to academic and other resources available to help you succeed and thrive in your first year of law school, and an opportunity to engage and network with your fellow 1L’s, alums and Lewis & Clark faculty and staff! For more information, check out the website here.


Most students get their textbooks at the law school bookstore. You should have your class schedule a couple of weeks before class starts, and you will have an opportunity to purchase books from the bookstore during Orientation. The bookstore orders enough books to cover all the students who will be enrolled in each professor’s class. Used books are also available during Orientation and the first few days of classes. The bookstore will also publish Book Lists for the upcoming semester on its website here.

If you are looking for interesting books about the law, then check out our Optional Reading page.

Character & Fitness Updates

When you applied, you were required to submit a statement regarding any issues with the Character & Fitness portion of the application (e.g. criminal charges, academic dismissals, military discharges, etc.). If you have had any changes to answers to these questions, or failed to report something on your application, now is the time to notify the admissions office. When in doubt, report it.

Further, this information will be asked on your application to take the bar exam. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. You are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which you intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Computers and Computing Services

The law school’s computer lab is located in Wood Hall and has 10 computers (iMacs and PCs) as well as a scanner and printers available for your use. Wireless connectivity for your laptop is available throughout the campus.

The law school does not require students to purchase a laptop computer but students are highly encouraged to purchase/bring their own computer.  You can use the lab computers whenever they’re available, but most students find that a laptop is an essential resource. Regardless of which type you bring, Mac or PC, please make sure it isn’t too old, that it’s in good working order (no viruses or spyware), and has the latest updates. We support Windows 10 for PCs. For Macs, please have the latest version of macOS X installed. Chromebooks are not fully supported.

Even though a computer is not required for your legal education, the purchase price of a new computer may be added to your Cost of Attendance to increase your loan borrowing eligibility. This adjustment may only be made once during your program. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 503-768-7090 or

For questions regarding your computer, plus law school computer technology and resources, contact the law school’s computing services department at 503-768-6644 or at

Curriculum and Registering for Classes

Attending Orientation will officially register you for first-year classes. Tentative class schedules are available a couple of weeks prior to Orientation but are subject to changes.

For a full list of First-Year Courses, click here. All first-year students take a class called “Legal Methods,” designed to provide general background on the foundations, history, and structure of the legal system, for the two weeks prior to the start of the Fall term. This year, Legal Methods will start on Monday, August 17th — the Monday after Orientation.

If you have special scheduling needs, these will be examined on a case by case basis. Please contact Associate Dean Libby Davis (; 503-768-6610) to discuss your specific situation.

Curriculum Planning

Written curriculum guides are given out with registration materials each spring to assist students in planning curriculum in their upper division years. Workshops are also set up to discuss how to plan a curriculum depending on your interests, and individual department faculty and administrators are available to consult for academic advice. Most professors at the law school also have an “open door” policy and are glad to discuss course selection and scheduling with students. Everyone at L&C is an advisor and you should feel free to approach any faculty or administrator for advice!  There is more information about the curriculum and graduation requirements on our website.

Disability Services & ADA Accommodations

If you have a physical or learning disability that you believe you will need accommodation for while at L&C Law, please make sure to contact Associate Dean Libby Davis. Dean Davis will discuss your needs with you and, with the help of our Student Support Services office, determine what accommodations will be necessary.

Email Account Set-Up

All L&C students are required to set up an email account through L&C’s college-wide Gmail system. Email accounts are created through the Computing Services website. A direct link to the account creation page is here. You must have paid your first deposit with L&C in order to create an email account. Once your account is created, please allow for 24-48 hours for the account to go active. Once you have created your account, make sure to check it! Communication from Lewis & Clark departments will start to come to you regularly in the summer as we get ready for your arrival. If you prefer to use another email address, then make sure to have emails from your account forwarded to the other email address to ensure you receive messages from L&C.

Faculty Advising Program / Mentor Network

Each 1L student can be paired with a member of the faculty over the course of his or her 1L year as a part of the Mentor Network. The participating faculty meet individually with their advisees and organize group activities. The goal of the program is to provide advice and support from faculty members early in the law school experience.  Faculty members advise on a range of topics, including upper division class selection and paper topics, career planning, and study skills. They also act as a support system for their 1L advisees.

In addition to being assigned a Faculty Advisor, your Mentor Network will also include:

Peer Mentors – every incoming student is assigned to a small Peer Mentoring team consisting of two Peer Mentors and about ten 1L students.  Peer Mentors offer advice on the day-to-day of law school, such as study & exam-taking skills, best study spots on campus, and what they wish they’d known – or believed – when they started school.  They can also recommend great places to get your favorite food and where to hike/bike/relax.  And, Peer Mentors can serve as a friendly ear when you want to talk about law school and life as a law student.

Career Services Advisor – every incoming student is also assigned to a Career Services (CS) advisor.  Your CS advisor will work with you throughout law school and will advise you on your professional development, including your summer and post-grad job search strategies.  Your CS advisor should become one of your go-to people as you enter the legal profession.

Attorney Mentor – unless you opt not to be, you will also be assigned to an Attorney Mentor.  Our Attorney Mentors are local attorneys, mostly alumni, who volunteer to meet and advise our students.  Your Attorney Mentor can be a helpful sounding board (most well-remember their 1L year of law school) and can introduce you to others in the legal community.

This network of individuals will be a powerful support system for you! 

Health Insurance Information & Waiver

All students are required to have medical insurance. Lewis & Clark Law students are able to purchase health insurance from PacificSource. For more information, please check out our Student Health Services for a general overview of the plan including cost and a schedule of benefits. Students who have medical insurance coverage comparable to that offered through the school’s comprehensive Student Health Insurance Plan may waive coverage here.

Important Dates and Deadlines
February 15th Priority Deadline for Financial Aid
March 15th Priority Deadline for Fall 2021 applications
April 15th First deposit due 
June 5th Second deposit due
mid-August Orientation
Monday following Orientation First day of school for 1Ls

Paul Boley Law Library is one of the most beautiful areas of campus. Check their website for hours, references, and more. Our friendly and helpful reference librarians also created this 1L Survival Guide for entering students.

New Student Resource Guide

All entering students will be sent a packet of information in late June that will be a useful resource as you prepare to start in the fall. The guide includes information about housing, transportation, financial aid, and more. This will be sent to you in June to the “current address” that we have on file for you, or emailed to the current email address on file. In addition, contents of the guide will be uploaded to Inside L&C Law.

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO)

Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO) is the Oregon State Bar’s recruitment and retention program for law students who can contribute to the bar’s historically or currently underrepresented membership; who have experienced economic, social, or other barriers; who have a demonstrated interest in increasing access to justice; or who have personally experienced discrimination or oppression.

This diversity and inclusion program begins with an orientation that provides a diverse group of Oregon’s first-year law students with the opportunity to interact with each other, and with upper division students, judges and leaders who will serve as their mentors and role models. During orientation, students meet a diverse community of supporters committed to helping them succeed. The curriculum focuses on sharpening existing skills and providing new skills to help ensure success in law school and beyond. Students receive valuable information on networking, study skills and Oregon bar exam preparation. For more information, check out Oregon State Bar’s website here. The dates and location for the 2021 OLIO is to be determined.  

Orientation for New Students

Orientation will be held on a Friday in mid-August. Please check back for the exact date. If you are a first-year student, orientation is mandatory. Attendance is optional for transfer, visiting, and LL.M students. Your first class will be held on the Monday after Orientation.

Pet Policy

Lewis & Clark has been known to be a very animal-friendly place. Even so, it’s important to be respectful of others if you’re planning to have your dog or other pet on campus at any time. So, before bringing Fido to campus, please get familiar with the pet policy, found in the What’s What student handbook. Your allergic, animal-cautious friends will thank you!

Student Handbook - What’s What at L&C

The What’s What is the name of the law school student handbook. Check it out for info on institutional policies and procedures ranging from graduation requirements & the grading system to computer usage, applying for externships, the Honor Code, and policies regarding discrimination and harassment, sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug use. Students must be familiar with, and adhere to, these policies while enrolled at the law school.