Tuition & Financial Aid
Lewis & Clark Law School recognizes that legal education is an important lifetime investment for each student. Beyond rigorous practical and intellectual training, the law school prepares students for long-term personal and professional rewards. Thus, we strive to ensure access for all highly qualified candidates and we are committed to helping them obtain resources to finance a legal education.
Between 2015 and 2021, 98-100% of incoming first-year students received unconditional merit-based scholarships.
A variety of financial assistance is available at Lewis & Clark Law School, including scholarships and awards, loans, and work-study. We estimate that more than $32 million of financial aid is distributed to our law students each year. Additionally, upper-division students at Lewis & Clark have ample opportunities to seek paid clerkship positions in Portland’s extensive legal community.
For an overview of financial aid sources, costs associated with law school, and a sample financial aid package, view our Financial Aid Information Sheet. Refer to our Financing Your Education guide for more details about financial aid and scholarships at Lewis & Clark.
Applying for Financial Aid
Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will put you into consideration for the federal student loan programs and, after the 1L year, the Federal Work-Study program. U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens may file the FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. The priority filing date is February 15. To send us your aid application, be sure to add the Lewis & Clark Federal School Code: 003197.
We recommend applying for financial aid and admission at the same time. Electronic financial aid award letters are released to admitted students starting in March. To ensure that you receive your award letter as soon as possible, we advise that you do not wait to be admitted before applying for aid.
Merit-Based Scholarships: Eligibility and Consideration
All applicants are eligible for Lewis & Clark merit scholarships, including international and undocumented individuals. You will be considered for scholarships as your application is being considered for admission. Award amounts are determined based on your potential for success in law school as shown through your application materials. For more information, please see the Scholarships and Awards page.
With the idea in mind that law school is an investment, consider carefully how your legal education will be financed and what your needs really are as a student. Perhaps switching back and forth between our full-time and part-time programs will allow you to work while enrolled, thus creating the opportunity to gain legal experience while earning income and reducing reliance on loans. Or perhaps you can find creative ways to live more simply in order to keep borrowing to a minimum. We are glad to discuss your options with you, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.