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International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

How to Apply

In the International Environmental Law Project (IELP), students participate directly in international environmental legal processes. IELP prepares documents for meetings of the parties to international conventions, such as the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, and the International Whaling Commission; prepares submissions to international tribunals or to domestic-level agencies to enforce international environmental law; and drafts new international environmental treaties. Our clients include environmental organizations, governments, and international institutions. Throughout the semester, students are guided through project-based skills training, which might include negotiation, lobbying, writing and research, oral presentation, treaty drafting, and strategy. Depending on our docket, students may have the opportunity to participate in an international meeting. Learn more about IELP’s projects.

Credits, Grading, and Course Schedule

IELP is offered as either a one-semester three-credit course or a full-year course for three credits each semester. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis. This class meets for two hours on Fridays. However, during the first two weeks of class each semester, we will conduct a “boot camp”—approximately five hours on each of these Fridays—to convey as much background information as possible for you to engage meaningfully in your work from the start of the course. Participation in “boot camp” sessions is mandatory.

Application Process

Participation in IELP is only open to a limited number of students each semester. Because of the demand for participation in IELP, we have instituted a process similar to a hiring process. A student must have the permission of Professors Chris Wold and Erica Lyman before registering for the course. If you would like to apply, please submit the following:

•     a cover letter explaining why you want to participate in IELP;

•     your resume;

•     your transcript;

•     a writing sample (this can be your appellate brief from legal writing if this is your only writing sample, but please submit only those portions that you wrote);

•     an e-mail address and telephone number where we can reach you in early June.


Application materials are due during spring semester prior to class registration for participation the following year. Professors Wold and Lyman will make their decisions before students register for class. Remember, students must have our approval before they register for the course.

Email your applications in a single PDF file to Prof. Erica Lyman at If you have any questions, please email Prof. Lyman, stop by her office (Wood Hall, 117), or call at 503.768.6715. 

IELP Basics


Course Length


How to Apply

Location of Clinic

Work Hours

Law School Requirements



3 credits



one semester


By appli-cation

On Campus

• 9-10 Hours/week

• IELP Workroom and unstructured

• Class meets on Fridays


• WIE on a case-by-case basis

• Natural Resources Certificate


6 credits:

3 credits per semester

two semesters

International Environmental Law Project (IELP)

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