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 are committed to ensuring access for all highly qualified candidates and to helping them obtain resources for financing a legal education.
Between 2015 and 2019, 98-100% of incoming first-year students received unconditional merit-based scholarships.
A variety of financial assistance is available for study at Lewis & Clark Law School, including scholarships and awards, loans, clerkships and work-study. We estimate that more than $13 million in aid, including scholarships, loans, and work-study (for upper-division students), is available annually to Lewis & Clark law students. It is extremely important to apply properly and on time for all forms of financial assistance.
You should apply for financial aid at the same time you apply for admission. Although no financial aid award will be made until after you are admitted, do not wait until you are admitted before beginning your application for financial aid.
Be sure to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form with the federal processor as early as possible after October 1 of the year before you intend to start law school. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for awards provided through the FAFSA. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis. It is to your strong advantage to make application for admission and for financial aid early in the admission process.
For an overview of financial aid sources, costs associated with law school, and an example of what a financial aid package looks like, view our financial aid information sheet for the upcoming academic year. Also, you can read our Financing Your Education guide for a detailed overview of financial and scholarships at Lewis & Clark.
All applicants (including international applicants) are eligible for Lewis & Clark scholarships. Simply check that you would like to be considered for merit-based scholarships when you fill out your application to the law school. Students are considered at the same time as they are considered for admission and on the basis of extremely strong potential for success in law school. For more information, please see the Scholarships and Awards page.
Loan amounts are determined by the Office of Financial Aid using the information you provide in the FAFSA form.
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 while in law school. Having the option to switch back and forth between the full-time and part-time programs can allow a student to work and gain legal experience while cutting down on the amount of money to be borrowed. It is also possible to live more simply while in law school in order to keep borrowing to a minimum. We are glad to discuss these issues with you as you make your decision about attending law school.
Financial Aid Office
Lewis & Clark College
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219-7899