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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Visiting International Scholars

Prominent law professors and legal scholars from all over the world come to Lewis & Clark for visits anywhere from one week to one year to do self-directed in-depth research on environmental and natural resources law topics. Visiting scholars provide international perspectives for our students and faculty, as our visitors in turn learn more about U.S. environmental laws and enforcement.  Scholars chosen for our visitor program have the opportunity to participate in our many environmental and natural resources law programs, including auditing Lewis & Clark’s environmental and natural resources law classes taught by leading professors, and frequent extracurricular events.

Acceptance as a visiting scholar is not automatic; we receive many more applications than we can possibly accommodate, and must make difficult decisions among a number of good applications.  Normally we can accommodate one or two visiting scholars each academic year; sometimes there is an opening in mid-year after a scholar ends a one-semester visit.

In order for visitors to benefit from this program, it is essential that they be fluent in English before arriving in the United States.  Please be prepared to demonstrate that you have a high level of English communication ability sufficient to understand graduate-level research materials and class lectures.

Please note: all visitors from non-common law countries who have not previously studied the law of the United States or other common law countries are asked to attend the Introduction to Environmental Legal Studies, which begins mid August, before beginning their scholarly research in the fall. If this is impossible, you may complete the course by email correspondence before your arrival in the U.S.  Summer visitors are also welcome to complete the course by email before coming for a visit.

You may submit your Visiting Scholar Application Form (Microsoft Word format) by mail or email ( Please note that the deadline for our office to receive your application is February 15 for visits during the academic year (between August 1 and May 1), and December 15 for summer visits

For more information about Lewis & Clark’s visiting scholar program, contact Lucy Brehm, Director of International LL.M. and Visitor Programs, at

Our mailing address is:

Visiting International Scholar Program
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219 USA

Attention: Lucy Brehm

Our office telephone number is 503-768-6882.