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Lewis & Clark is fortunate to have one of the most beautiful law facilities in the country and a campus adjacent to Tryon Creek State Park, a 645-acre wilderness preserve minutes from downtown Portland. We believe in a balanced approach to legal education, offering a broad curriculum and numerous practical experiences through clinics, internships, externships and pro-bono opportunities. Our diverse student body can attend full or part-time and can obtain certificates in business law, intellectual property law, criminal law, tax law, public interest law or environmental and natural resources law in which we are consistently ranked one of the best in the nation. Student satisfaction at Lewis & Clark is high due to the quality and accessibility of the faculty, flexibility and program offerings.

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"Students serve on many of the administrative committees at Lewis & Clark including those dealing with curriculum, budget and faculty hiring..." - Shannon Davis - Assistant Dean for Admissions, Lewis & Clark Law

November 17, 2015 \ Dean Davis received her BA degree from Santa Clara University and MS degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University. She has worked in admissions at Lewis & Clark Law School for over 15 years. Prior to her law school admissions career, she worked at the undergraduate level in admissions, judicial affairs, student activities, career services, and residence life in Indiana and in the California Bay Area. Dean Davis’ interest in student affairs began when she worked as a work-study student in the Career Services Office as an undergraduate and then as a college/career advisor at a high school for a few years. Her professional background also includes experience in marketing communications and advertising.

AD Thank you for taking time to answer some questions that an applicant might have about admissions to Lewis & Clark Law School. Let’s start out with some admissions process questions. What does the admissions process of Lewis & Clark Law School consist of, and how are the various parts of an application reviewed/weighted?
SD Lewis & Clark is a place that tends to involve everyone in the important decisions. Crafting our student body is seen as pretty important so in that spirit, we have several faculty members on our admissions committee, as well as students who are elected (by other students) to serve on the committee. They meet weekly to discuss applications and each person on the committee has equal voting rights. Members rotate from year to year, so we always have some returning and some new people. It’s quite involved, but I like the fact that our process is open, people are invested in it, and it ensures that our admitted students are getting a very fair and through review.
AD So students serve on the admissions committee? This isn’t very common from my discussion with other admissions deans. What role do they usually serve, and how much weight is their opinion given?
SD Yes, they do! Students actually serve on many of the administrative committees at Lewis & Clark including those dealing with curriculum, budget and faculty hiring. They typically serve the same role that the faculty reps serve ¬- they have equal voting rights and their opinions are considered as strongly as anyone’s. In fact, our students can sometimes be more critical than the faculty. I believe that’s because they are looking at applicants from the perspective that the applicant could be sitting next to them in class, and so the student reps are definitely invested in the selection process.
AD How about the LSAT? I think we can agree for the sake of the sanity of the test-taker, that you probably only want to take the LSAT once. However, as someone who reviews law school applications for a living, does it set off any red flags when you come across an applicant who has taken the test multiple times?
SD We see a lot of people taking the LSAT twice and it’s not uncommon to see someone take it more than that. In such cases, we prefer to see some improvement in scores. My personal philosophy is that if you have the time, and the money, to put into this test, then go for it and try to increase your chances of admission. However, if someone isn’t actually improving over time, that just tells us that they are in fact testing at their best ability and probably should stop taking it.
AD I take it that Lewis & Clark uses the highest LSAT score when making its admissions decision?
SD Yes, for the most part. We look at the different scores, but unless someone has several lower scores, but just one high one (or vice versa), then the highest one is what really counts to us.
 

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