Clinics and Practical Skills
Legal Practica & Externships: Legal practica are an excellent way to gain valuable real-world legal experience while attending law school. Students in a practicum earn 4 hours of academic credit in exchange for work at a local placement for approximately 8-10 hours per week and attendance in a weekly class. The practica all involve pre-arranged, carefully selected placements that optimize student learning and experience. Students are supervised by the attorneys at the placement and all of the placements are overseen by adjunct professors who coordinate the placements and teach the weekly classes and who are themselves deeply immersed in environmental practice in Portland.
Earthrise Law Center: Founded in 1996, Earthrise Law Center is the environmental legal clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School. Earthrise Law Center is a team of impassioned attorneys and staff working to achieve targeted environmental improvement while teaching the next generation of advocates to do the same.
Earthrise helps foster future environmental attorneys by providing hands-on opportunities for environmental advocacy. Students play a vital role at Earthrise by participating in all phases of the litigation process, including drafting motions and pleadings, formulating arguments and strategy, and contributing to discussions with clients and opposing parties. Through this work, students gain real-world experience in public interest environmental law.
Green Energy Institute: The Green Energy Institute is the latest addition to Lewis & Clark’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Currently in its third year of operation, the Green Energy Institute is undertaking a suite of policy projects. Our work is designed to hasten the transition to a 100% renewable power grid by improving existing policies and incentives in order to entice investment from diverse energy-market stakeholders.
International Environmental Law Project: The International Environmental Law Project (IELP) works with governments, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions to develop, implement, and enforce international environmental law to tackle some of today’s most challenging global issues, including climate change, biodiversity conservation, oceans and fisheries and trade and the environment. IELP also trains and educates the next generation of international environmental advocates by providing students at Lewis & Clark Law School with opportunities to participate in international environmental law and policy.
Environmental Law Review: Environmental Law publishes four issues each year on a quarterly calendar. Topics of discussion run the gamut from in-depth analyses of recent cases to more abstract discussions of the latest pollution prevention theories. We strive to provide the practitioner with practical, helpful articles, while continuing to lead the way in environmental thinking.
Environmental Law Moot Court Program: Lewis & Clark has a nationally recognized moot court program for both Animal Law and Environmental Law.