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Global Law

In an increasingly global economy, even lawyers practicing exclusively in the United States encounter transactions, disputes and issues that have an international component. The mission of the Global Law Program is to give students the foundation of special skills they need to excel when they encounter these challenges.  The Law School provides a broad and deep global law curriculum, a focus on practical skills, and engagement with the global legal & academic community.

Opportunities in Global Law at Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark offers a multitude of classes on a wide variety of global law topics.  We offer a Certificate in Global Law for students who desire a structured curricular framework for studies in this area.  

Lewis & Clark regularly hosts distinguished visitors with expertise in different areas of global law, who share their viewpoints and experiences in formal and informal settings on campus. These events are often organized in association with Lewis & Clark’s International Law Society, a student organization dedicated to international law issues.

Lewis & Clark students have significant opportunities to study or work abroad during their time at the Law School.  Lewis & Clark partners with several foreign law schools at which students can spend a semester on exchange. Students can also receive academic credit for ABA-accredited study abroad programs, or for their participation in an international externship at a law firm, NGO, or other organization.

Students at Lewis & Clark can also develop practical skills through experiential learning with international component here in the United States.  These opportunities include joining the law school’s Jessup International Moot Court team, participating in our International Environmental Law Project, and undertaking a domestic externship with an organization doing international work.

We also hold a writing competition each year, sponsored by the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, to recognize excellence in student scholarship on international topics.