The Earthrise Student Experience
Earthrise Law Center provides two opportunities for rising 2L, 3L and LLM Lewis & Clark Law students: the academic year clinic and the summer clerkship.
The Earthrise Clinic
In addition to 2 hours of class time, students enrolled in the clinic during the school year work 10-12 hours per week on actual environmental cases under the supervision of the clinical professors of Earthrise Law Center. Students are assigned to work on a variety of cases across a broad spectrum of environmental issues utilizing statutes such as the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. They delve into the details of a case, present the facts to the class and collaboratively devise winning strategies. Unlike an externship, enrolling in the clinic fulfills a student’s “highly specialized” requirement and professional responsibility credits and does not count toward the cap on ungraded credits.
The clinic represents regional and national environmental organizations seeking to prevent or reduce pollution and protect wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems. The matters on the docket provide students with the opportunity to work on litigation on in depth, complex, and environmentally important lawsuits. Students will interact directly with clients and make connections that will benefit their future careers.
The close one-on-one and small group relationships fostered by our 1:3 faculty-to-student ratio encourages strong student development in fundamental lawyering skills, including:
- Problem Solving
- Legal Analysis and Reasoning
- Legal Research
- Factual Investigation
- Organization and Management of Legal Work
The deadline for applications for fall of 2017 is February 27, 2017.
Read below for stories involving student experiences.
2Ls (or anyone with 32 credits) can apply from now until December 2nd, 2016 by 5pm to work with Earthrise this summer as a Tomorrow’s Advocate. The Tomorrow’s Advocates program enables select Lewis & Clark law students to clerk for 10 weeks during the summer months as externs or paid interns. 1L’s will be able to apply in January 2017.
Meet the students of the 2016-2017 Earthrise Class. They are already hard at work on cases involving a methanol pipeline, timber sales and water quality issues.
Summer Extern Chillemi Joins Attorney Rohlf at the Table for Oral Argument on Cormorant Culling on the Columbia RiverEarthrise Attorney and Professor Dan Rohlf and Summer Extern Tessa Chillemi gave oral argument Wednesday in front of Judge Simon of the Federal District Court of Oregon.
Congratulations to Earthrise summer clerk, Julia Fraser as she begins her new litigation clerkship!
Teaching in Korea: Installment 2 Attorney and Earthrise Faculty Dan Rohlf teaches a three-week summer school class, Comparative Environmental Law, at Kangwon National University Law School in Chuncheon, South Korea.
Mark Tuai gains real world experience being around a team of extraordinary attorneys dedicated to improving the environment.