Law Admissions - Law School - Lewis & Clark

All admitted International Exchange Students are selected at the discretion of their home institution based on a formal Memorandum of Understanding between the foreign institution and Lewis & Clark Law School. Immediately after your home institution informs the Law School of its selection, you should receive a detailed e-mail from us containing an outline of the required steps and associated deadlines. Associate Dean Libby Davis will contact you after your school lets us know you have been nominated to attend at the law school.

Lewis & Clark Nomination Deadlines: 

Fall semesters: April 15
Spring semesters: September 15

Registration: Exchange students must select their own courses with the advice of their home institution. Associate Dean Libby Davis will be in contact with you after your home school lets us know you have been selected to attend here.  You will be registered after your course choices are approved.

Contact: Associate Dean Libby Davis,


Paola Dennis, Administrative Specialist in the International Student Services office, is the contact person for immigration processes at Lewis & Clark.

Important:  You will need to provide the following information AFTER Paola emails you with the required process details.

1)      Certificate of Financial Responsibility
The U.S. government requires educational institutions to obtain evidence that applicants have adequate funds to pay for their educational and living expenses while studying in the United States. To comply, international students must complete a financial certificate and provide proof of funding as described.  Paola will email you the current minimum costs associated with your program.  You will then be instructed to complete the forms and email them to Paola.

2)      Supplement for International Law/Graduate Student Applicants form
You must complete a supplemental form in order for the Law School to issue the documents necessary to obtain an F-1 visa.

3)      It is up to you to monitor that all requirements are fulfilled within your arrival timeline.  After receiving all necessary information, the Law School will provide an I-20 form valid for obtaining an F-1 visa.

The I-20 form includes specific instructions regarding entry or departure from the country whilst on this student visa. These instructions include a mandatory meeting in-person with Paola Dennis with appropriate documentation.

Visit this site for a comprehensive list of information you will need to prepare for your immigration process here.


Associate Dean Libby Davis
Lewis & Clark Law School
10101 S Terwilliger Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97219-7799                                                                         

International Students & Scholars

The International Students & Scholars Office serves all three campuses of Lewis & Clark—Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law—their primary involvement with your experience at Lewis & Clark is limited to your immigration processes relating to practical training after your time as a student expires, or if your immigration needs are particularly complex. They also have a wealth of resources on their website, so be sure to check it out!


Unless a student objects, the Law School recommends that all International Exchange Students live in campus housing on the College of Arts and Sciences campus.  Associate Dean Libby Davis will help with obtaining campus housing during the admissions process.

Information on Employment

To work off-campus, students must have permission from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

International students who are on F-1 visas and who are enrolled full-time may work legally on campus after obtaining approval from International Students and Scholars (ISS). The process takes approximately twenty minutes and requires students to complete several government forms. Students should bring their passports, I-94 and I-20 forms to ISS and complete the On-campus Employment Verification process. Students may interview for positions before completing the forms in the packet, but should complete the forms and turn them in before beginning employment. In order to engage in any type of paid work you will need to obtain a social security card.

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Academic Support at Lewis & Clark

Information on Banking

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Information about phone service (scroll down for information about mobile phones)

Introduction to the U.S. Government

Health Insurance Options

Portland Multicultural Resource Guide