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.
A leading authority on the law governing investment, trade and the environment—Professor Emeritus Donald M. McRae of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law—will be the law school’s 2018-19 International Law Distinguished Visitor. He will explore the intersections among investment, trade and the environment in a lecture to be delivered at the law school at noon on March 6, 2019.
Professor Foster gives talk on Industry-Community Relations for Academy of Legal Studies in Business
A recent LL.M. graduate and an incoming LL.M. student from the Lewis & Clark Center for Animal Law Studies were instrumental in the successful prosecution of four poachers from a December 2017 incident involving Moga, a protected rhino.
Lewis & Clark Law professors Samir Parikh, Jim Oleske, and Ozan Varol were awarded highly prestigious Fulbright grants for international research during the 2018-19 academic year.
The law school’s Jessup International Moot Court team advanced to the international rounds to be held in April.
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.