Student Exchange

Lewis & Clark Law School has welcomed many students from around the world into its programs. We currently hold Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with several premier institutions around the world, some of which support the exchange of enrolled law students. Exchanges can be one semester or one year in length. Students become eligible to do a student exchange after completing their 1L year but are encouraged to do a student exchange no earlier than the spring of their 2L year.

If you are a Lewis & Clark Student interested in studying at a partner school, e-mail Libby Davis, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, for more information. If you are a student or staff member at an MOU school, please refer to this page for information.

Are you an international exchange student who has already been admitted to our program? If so, visit our admitted students page for valuable resources.

MOU Schools

Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland (primarily focused on Animal Law studies)

Freie Universität, Berlin

Kangwon University, Republic of Korea

National Law School University, Delhi

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Koç University Law School, Turkey

LLM Programs at Lewis & Clark Law School

If you are a student from outside the United States who has graduated from any accredited college of law in your home country and wish to pursue an LLM degree in Environmental, Natural Resources Law, and Energy Law or Animal Law please see the Important Information for International Students page.

Student Exchange Educational Objectives

Lewis & Clark believes that it can accomplish a number of educational objectives when it allows students to study law abroad.  Studying law abroad includes doing an externship or taking courses at qualified overseas institutions approved by Lewis & Clark, and with whom the school has negotiated a written memorandum of understanding allowing for student exchanges.  Lewis & Clark seeks to achieve the following educational objectives in particular:

  • Learn international law or the law of a specific nation or nations, and observe the context and environment in which these laws operate.
  • Develop an understanding of differences between our own law and that of another country or countries, as well as of interconnections between and among them.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of another legal system and culture.
  • Gain international and transnational perspectives on legal problem solving.
  • Foster contacts with legal professionals abroad that may be useful for a future law practice.
  • In the case of an externship, learn to engage with colleagues and clients from different backgrounds and cultures, and potentially in different languages — a skill that could be applied in the U.S. with diverse clients or colleagues, or with foreign clients.
  • Also in the case of an externship, develop practical legal skills that could be applied in a U.S. or foreign practice, potentially through opportunities that students would not otherwise be able to obtain domestically.

Students approved to study at an MOU institution are limited to taking no more than one-third of the total credits required to graduate, and will typically be taking the equivalent of one semester or less of credits.  All study at MOU institutions will be evaluated according to the ABA Criteria for Accepting Credit for Student Study at a Foreign Institution.

Additional Information Regarding Student Exchanges

While Lewis & Clark facilitates the student exchange with MOU schools, students will be responsible for arranging housing, transportation, healthcare, and other in-country necessities. MOU schools may offer on-campus housing for international students. Lewis & Clark faculty may be able to connect exchange students to in-country alumni or other contacts who can assist with various aspects of living in city of the MOU school. It is imperative that students interested in a student exchange begin the application process, as well as making arrangements for housing and other necessities, as early as possible.