In an increasingly global economy, lawyers in the United States routinely encounter transactions, disputes and other matters that have an international component and present special challenges. The mission of Lewis & Clark’s Global Law Program is to give students the foundation of knowledge and 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 legal and academic community on international issues.
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.
This report is a product of work undertaken by law students in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Workshop at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, in association with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation in The Hague. At the suggestion of UNPO, the Workshop selected for investigation and legal analysis the situation of the Haratin, an ethnic group suffering from slavery and an UNPO member, in Mauritania. This report will be used by UNPO in promoting the interests of its member, Haratin, represented by the Initiative de Résurgence du Mouvement Abolitionniste en Mauritanie (IRA), in international fora. The authors express their gratitude to Pierre Hegay, former Program Director at UNPO, for his continuing support and assistance; Johanna Green, current UNPO Program Manager; Tyler MacBeth for the cover design; Dianne Viales and Lisa Frenz for the production assistance; and Professor John P. Grant who offered exceptional guidance throughout this process.
Professor Varol Gave a Video Interview on Trends in Modern Authoritarianism
Applications are being accepted for Summer 2015 Global Law Arranged Externships in India & China.
Lewis & Clark Law School hosted Professor Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago as the 2014-2015 Global Law Distinguished Visitor.
We’re starting a new series of stories called “GreenLights”, where we will shine a spotlight on some of our amazing students in the environmental and natural resources law program. In our first GreenLight, Victor Reuther (’15) shares some of his background and law school experiences with us. In addition to his role as Editor of Environmental Law, Victor spent a fabulous summer on a Lewis & Clark externship in Delhi, India.