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Law Student Living Expenses

Lewis & Clark law students have a wide range of expenses.  It is important to keep in mind that the Cost of Attendance budget used to calculate eligibility for financial aid is simply the maximum available budget. The current maximum available allowance for living expenses is $25,200, but students may always choose to borrow less than the amount they qualify for. In fact, last year Lewis & Clarklaw students who borrowed in excess of tuition, borrowed on average only $18,761 to fund their living and book expenses, far less than the maximum allowed.  If additional funds are needed during the school year, students can always talk to Financial Aid at anytime about borrowing the rest up to the maximum allowance.

Items such as a one-time expense for purchasing a laptop computer and the cost of personal health insurance may be added to a student’s budget on an individual basis. Students with unusual circumstances should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@lclark.edu or 503-768-7090 to discuss options.

Sample Cost of Living Budgets

Below are a few sample budgets based on information collected from our current students. These samples are intended to give you a general idea of what to expect so you can plan your finances during law school. Keep in mind that living expenses vary depending on each student’s own personal needs and circumstances. We encourage you to think about ways in which you might balance your personal spending and expenses during law school, in order to help minimize your loan obligations after graduation.

Single Student Living on a Frugal Budget

Rent ($650/month)

 $5,850.00

Utilities, Renters Insurance & Food

 $3,330.00

*Transportation (incl. mileage, insurance, & parking permit)

 $2,043.00

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses

 $2,835.00

Total Living Expenses

 $14,058.00

 

Single Student Living on a Comfortable Budget

Rent ($1,200/month)

 $10,800.00

Utilities, Renters Insurance and Food

 $5,040.00

*Transportation (incl. mileage, insurance, & parking permit)

 $2,043.00

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses

 $4,950.00

Total Living Expenses

 $22,833.00

 

Married Student With a Family Living on a Mid-Range Budget

Rent ($1,600/month)

 $14,400.00

Utilities and Food

 $7,650.00

*Transportation (incl. mileage, insurance, & parking permit)

 $2,043.00

Miscellaneous Personal Expenses

 $4,950.00

Total Living Expenses

$29,043.00

 

*Transportation estimates in these sample budgets assumes students live within 3 miles of campus. Students may reduce their transportation costs by using public transit to travel to school and taking advantage of a half-price monthly unlimited ride pass on the TriMet system, made possible by a 50% subsidy provided by Lewis & Clark. However, students who purchase a subsidized TriMet pass or trip tickets may not also purchase a semester parking pass.