I'm the 3L who offered to answer q's in this thread. First of all, with some reading comprehension, you'd see I said I probably wouldn't check this thread back, but to PM me.
More critically, this poster DID PM me AND I ANSWERED, back in NOVEMBER. And this poster replied to my answer. So maybe he/she has forgotten, or maybe he/she is just a jerk. He/she did not ask exactly the same questions, but I answered what was PM'd to me...like my OFFER said I would. I really don't know, but I gave this (what I thought was rather extensive) response (considering he/she asked the question near FINALS.)
I will leave it here in case anyone wants to see what I said for their own information in considering L&C. I've deleted where I had pasted his/her questions and answered them, because I don't want to post someone else's content without their permission. Everything below are my words. I also deleted a few more personal things that might have given too much info.
I will do my best to answer your questions. I'm a 3L, so fair warning, the thrill of law school wears off, lol, and finals are in 2 weeks so I shall try not to be unduly unpleasant!
The school has positives and negatives like any school. Faculty are generally good. Few jerks, mostly really nice and helpful. Mostly understand students are people (for example, I had a family emergency recently, and I had no trouble getting podcasts of all my classes and extensions of deadlines.) There are a few jerks. You won't have any choice 1L year who you get (1L's schedules are 100% determined by the school) and people will warn you about who to avoid if possible by 2L year.
1L year you get put into "pods" by color (green pod, blue pod etc). There are about 30-35 people per pod.
You have EVERY class with your pod, except legal writing which your pod is split in half for. You also have another pod in most of your classes, and that pod varies. So, for example, if you're Yellow pod, you have all your classes with Yellow. ONE class will have JUST yellow, but it varies. All the other classes will also have another pod, you might have Civ Pro with blue pod and Contracts with red pod.
There isn't much conversation. (about the LSAT/GPA drop in the recent entering class).There was general dismay amongst my class (current 3L's) over the 20 place USnews drop, because we all started attending a school ranked 58 and appeared to be climbing, that is now ranked, what, like 82? I lost track.Our Dean is leaving at the end of this academic year, so I don't know what kind of changes could be coming. Hopefully they will address this. I guess I could tell you after finals if it seems like it made any difference, because the first group with the lower gpa/lsat are now 2L's, so they're in my classes. But last year, of course, they weren't.
The job market here sucks. I'm not going to sugar coat it. The market is TINY, there are a ton of unemployed people who have already passed the bar, so unbarred 3L's are not high on anyone's list.
You know…I think that there is a little more prestige around L&C with firms, so if you are looking at PDX "big law", (which isn't that big, of course, lol) then I think L&C still beats U of O. Otherwise? If you stay in Oregon, I don't think it matters much. There are a LOT of U of O alum in firms/as judges etc. U of O is stingy as fuck with scholly money, so all things being equal L&C is better just for options (Most firm jobs are in PDX, they are not going to hire summer clerks who live in Eugene if equally good clerks live in PDX) I know for me, even though I qualify for in state Oregon tuition, U of O was so stingy that counting scholarships L&C ended up being the same price.
Re: clerkships: I know of one that got 9th circuit. There could be more, I just don't know about. Several in fed dist court.
L&C does not stack scholarship recipients in sections. Sections are roughly based on where you live (like, they try to put all the northwest people in one pod, and all the southeast people in one pod) There's usually one pod with the leftovers - people who didn't have a local address yet, people who live way out not by anyone else. They are really environmental here, so they want to encourage carpooling, so they pod people who live near each other together because it's easier to carpool if you live by people who you have classes at the same time as.
Full ride is the largest scholarship I've heard of. Never heard of any kind of stipend or additional over tuition though.
I don't think they will drop scholarship stip entirely, but they dropped the schools stip for entering students to 2.6 last year. Median is 2.9, so that's pretty generous. My year, our scholly's all required a 2.9.
Also, as a side note, my first year, the food at the law school cafe was awesome. It SUCKS now. Plan to bring lunch. Particularly if you're not vegan. We're VERY vegan friendly.