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.
Lewis & Clark offers a plethora of externship opportunities, including those that provide academic credits and a carefully supervised, well-crafted work experience. They are part of many law students’ practical training and can be done internationally.
Lewis & Clark Law School Honors Ron Ragen for His Stewardship of the DWT International Law Writing Competition
The Davis Wright Tremaine International Law Writing Award Competition at Lewis & Clark Law School began over 32 years ago from the vision of noted attorney Ron Ragen. On March 10, 2019, Lewis & Clark Law School presented a plaque to Ronald K. Ragen, former partner of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT), in recognition of exemplary service that Ragen has provided the law school and its students over many years.
The 2019 DWT International Law Writing Awards winners are Alison Roth ’19 and Katelyn Kindberg ’19. Established through the generosity of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, the Lewis & Clark Law School award program provides a $2,500 stipend for the best research paper written in the past year by a Lewis & Clark JD student on any topic in private or public international law, and a $1,000 stipend for the second best paper.
On Friday, May 3, attorney Jun Jin from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of the General Counsel gave a talk at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Professor Bob Klonoff delivered some 240 pounds of law books to the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia - all donated by the Lewis & Clark law faculty. He also assists law students with externships in Cambodia.
Leading Scholar on Investment, Trade & the Environment Delivers Lewis & Clark’s 2018-19 International Law Distinguished Visitor LectureOn March 6, 2019, 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—delivered the 2018-19 International Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture.
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.
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.