Fine Print

Lewis & Clark is excited to announce its new 4-5-6 Commitment. There’s no catch, but you do need to be organized and committed to complete these pathways, especially the six-year BA + JD.
FOUR-YEAR: Undergraduate Degree (BA)

In order to take advantage of our commitment to graduating in eight semesters, you will need to do the following:

  • Complete an average of 32 credits per year, remaining continuously enrolled for 8 semesters.
  • Consult with your advisor every semester in order to register on time for the classes you need and follow their guidance to complete your path to graduation.
  • Declare your major on time. Changes to your academic plan may require additional coursework not covered by the 4-5-6 Commitment.
  • Meet the academic and community expectations of Lewis & Clark and your major.

If you do these things and do not finish in eight continuous semesters, we will provide up to 16 credits worth of courses necessary for completion of a BA (in a single major) at Lewis & Clark, in the following semester, tuition-free. All requests for additional courses in the ninth semester will go through the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The 4-year commitment is available to first-year students who entered the college in or after the fall of 2019.

FIVE-YEAR: BA + Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

You’ll begin your MAT coursework in the summer immediately following your four years at the College of Arts and Sciences and will finish with your MAT and professional licensure in the summer of your fifth year at Lewis & Clark. For details on the admissions process and requirements to complete this pathway, read the full story here.

SIX-YEAR: BA + Law Degree (JD)

If you pursue the 3-3 program (BA + JD), you will work to complete both general education and major requirements in three years at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) before entering the Law School to begin work toward your JD. The CAS will accept your 1L coursework as elective credit towards your BA, which will be granted at the end of your first year of law school (1L).

What you need to know to decide

  • If you wish to pursue the 3-3, you will need to plan well in advance in order to be able to complete all the requirements in a timely manner. You must declare your participation in the 3-3 no later than the end of your first year. Even so, waiting until this time might limit your choices in terms of what majors are possible.
  • For some majors with heavy course loads (e.g. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), the 3-3 would be possible only if you enter with significant advanced placement credit.
  • Participating in the 3-3 would place some limitations on your experiences at Lewis & Clark: In order to complete all of your general education and major requirements in 3 years, you would in most cases not have time to go overseas, change your major mid-course, explore various majors before choosing one, or take many CAS electives.

If you change your mind

  • If you choose this program and change your mind before enrolling in the Law School, you are still welcome to complete your BA (128 credits) at the CAS.
  • If you enroll at the Law School under the 3-3 program but do not complete the first year of law school (1L), you could transfer any credits you have completed at the law school and return to the CAS to complete any remaining credits toward the 128 required for the BA.
  • If you enroll at the Law School under the 3-3 program and complete the 1L year (at least 32 credits) but not the JD, you would receive the BA but not the JD.
  • Under the 3-3 program, you have two years to complete the 1L year (32 credits) and receive the BA. If you wish to request more time, there is a petition process.