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Law Clinics and Practical Skills

Student participants assist in the representation of clients and learn the basic lawyering skills of client counseling; fact investigation; problem solving; drafting documents; negotiating; office practice; and administrative, trial, and appellate advocacy.

The Clinic accepts for representation only those cases which maximize the students’ opportunities to learn and develop practical lawyering skills. All students act under the direct supervision of the clinical faculty, all of whom are attorneys.

The Clinic generally represents low-income individuals experiencing a variety of civil and administrative law problems. These legal problems include, but are not limited to:

Clinics

Animal Law Clinic

As the only animal law clinic in the country, the Center for Animal Law Studies’ Animal Law Clinic focuses on matters of national and international importance in addition to maintaining connections and working in the local community. Students in the Animal Law Clinic conduct research, represent clients, work on clinic projects, and work with attorneys outside the clinic to develop the field of animal law and encourage consideration of the interests of animals in legal decision making. Their work includes: research, transactional work, litigation, and strategic planning. Where possible, students also shadow local lawyers, work with lawyer practitioners around the country, observe legal proceedings, and conduct field work to better understand the problems facing animals.

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Earthrise Law Center

Earthrise Law Center, founded in 1996, is the domestic environmental law clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. Earthrise’s goals are to advance efforts to protect the environment by serving as a resource for public interest organizations that need legal representation and to train and educate law students through direct involvement in complex environmental and natural resource issues. Earthrise provides rewarding clinical experience for students interested in environmental law who wish to develop their litigation, negotiation, and advocacy skills.

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International Environmental Law Project

The International Environmental Law Project is an on-campus clinic that gives law students the opportunity to work on a range of real-life global environmental issues under the supervision of an experienced international environmental lawyer. Past student work has focused on trade and environmental issues, as well as protection of threatened and endangered species. Students also help public interest environmental lawyers in developing countries create new law or strengthen existing law by providing legal memoranda on international and domestic legal issues.

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Legal Clinic

The Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic is a civil practice clinic for the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, providing students with practical “hands-on” experience in developing lawyering skills.

Student participants assist in the representation of clients and learn the basic lawyering skills of client counseling; fact investigation; problem solving; drafting documents; negotiating; office practice; and administrative, trial, and appellate advocacy. The Clinic accepts for representation only those cases which maximize the students’ opportunities to learn and develop practical lawyering skills. All students act under the direct supervision of the clinical faculty, all of whom are attorneys.

The Clinic generally represents low-income individuals experiencing a variety of civil and administrative law problems. These legal problems include, but are not limited to:

  • Residential evictions
  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy
  • Child support modifications
  • Domestic violence cases
  • Tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service

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Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic

The law school’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic gives students the opportunity to represent taxpayers of lesser means in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, including audits and appeals before that agency, and trials and hearings before the U.S. Tax Court. Student participants work under the supervision of an experienced tax attorney who is a full-time member of the law school faculty. The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic accepts for representation only those cases that maximize the student’s opportunities to learn and develop practical lawyering skills. The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is part of the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic.

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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Established in 2000, the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) is committed to the enforcement and protection of victims’ rights in the criminal justice system. It is the only organization of its kind in the United States.

NCVLI’s Crime Victim Litigation Clinic offers students the opportunity to work closely with attorneys on a wide range of victims’ rights related issues. Clinic students will learn both practical and theoretical approaches to the assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights within the criminal justice system. They will provide technical support to victims’ rights attorneys and advocacy organizations through legal writing and research, as well as participate in the drafting of amicus curiae briefs.

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Small Business Legal Clinic

Law students, working under the direction of an experienced, licensed attorney, represent small and emerging businesses in transactional (not litigation) matters.

Clinic Services Include:

  • Choice of entity and entity creation
  • Contract review and drafting
  • Debt problems
  • Business financing
  • Compliance with consumer, licensing and regulatory issues
  • Copyright and trademark creation

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Externships and Internships

Externships

An Externship is an opportunity for students who demonstrate strong academic ability to earn a semester’s or summer’s worth of academic credit for carefully supervised, full-time experience in a setting pertinent to their educational and career goals. The Externship program offers, in appropriate circumstances, a period of apprenticeship under the joint guidance of a carefully selected practitioner or judge and a faculty advisor.

Types of Externships:

  • Business/Commercial Law Externship
  • Criminal Justice Externship
  • Environmental/Natural Resources Externship
  • Judicial Externship
  • International Law Externship
  • General Externship

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Internship Seminars

Moot Courts

  • Appellate Advocacy: Intraschool and Regional
  • Client Counseling
  • Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Federal Tax
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Merhige National Environmental Negotiation Competition
  • Mock Trial
  • National Animal Law Moot Court
  • Native American Law Students Association
  • ABA Negotiation Competition

Professional Skills

Students entering Fall 2006 and later are required to take 2 credits of professional skills.