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International Law

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 International 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 international law curriculum, a focus on practical skills, and engagement with the legal and academic community on international issues.

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Opportunities in International Law at Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark offers a multitude of classes on a wide variety of international law topics.  We offer a Certificate in International 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 international 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.

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EVENTS

January 24th, 2017

  • Image preview 4:00pm: Pursuing International Business & Litigation Careers & Externships
    Join alum Chris Helmer, of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, as she shares information about her international business and litigation work/practice, offers advice about the classes and types of experience she recommends, and overviews seeking summer or semester international externships.

January 30th, 2017

  • Image preview 12:10pm - 1:10pm: Prof. John Knox will speak on intersection of human rights and environment

    Prof. John H. Knox of Wake Forest University School of Law will speak on the intersection of human rights and climate change at Lewis & Clark Law School. Climate change has been called the greatest threat to human rights in the twenty-first century.  The rapidly warming climate is already contributing to floods in India, droughts in southern Africa, and typhoons in the Philippines, and is threatening to displace communities from the Arctic to the South Pacific. How can a human rights perspective help to combat its worst effects?  The title of his talk is “The Implications of Human Rights Law for Addressing Climate Change.”