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Career Paths at Lewis & Clark Law

What Can You Do With a Law Degree From Lewis & Clark?

Earning a legal degree unlocks myriad career options in diverse fields, each with exciting opportunities for impact and growth. From advocating for justice as a trial lawyer to shaping corporate policies as a business attorney, your law career path knows no bounds.

Our alumni have utilized their legal expertise to effect change in society, champion causes they believe in, and carve out fulfilling careers in fields ranging from environmental law to entertainment law. Their stories inspire us! Whatever your passion or interest, a legal degree opens doors to a multitude of rewarding career paths waiting to be explored.

Alumni Profiles


Use Your Legal Skills in the Private Sector

Private practice offers a diverse range of opportunities, from solo practitioners to large law firms spanning various practice areas and environments. Small firms may provide autonomy and direct client interaction, while larger firms offer specialized training, higher salaries, and extensive benefits. Researching firms and exploring their cultures is crucial to finding the right fit for you. Lewis & Clark provides resources like firm websites, directories, and alumni connections to help you find your place in the private sector.

Private Sector

Potential Industries

  • Accounting and CPA Firms
  • Banks/Finance
  • Consulting Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • Utilities
  • Technology and Software Companies
  • Legal publishing and Research Companies
  • Marketing Companies
  • Bar Associations
  • Labor Unions and Associations
  • Hospitals and Other Health Care and Medical Centers

Alumni in the Private Sector

  • Shawn Filippi

    Shawn Filippi JD ’99 is Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary of NW Natural Holdings and NW Natural.

  • Joel Andrew

    Joel Andrew JD ’16 is General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs at CD Baby. 

  • Diego Gutierrez

    Diego Gutiérrez

    Diego Gutiérrez JD ’21 advises clients on a range of corporate and transactional matters, including corporate governance, debt and equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions.


Public Interest Careers

In public interest law, every case is a chance to make a difference in society. With a focus on justice, equality, and community welfare, you’ll find purposeful work that aligns with your values and principles.

Public Interest

Potential Industries

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Legal Aid Societies
  • International NGOs
  • Policy Think Tanks
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Environmental Law Organizations
  • Labor Unions
  • Public Interest Law Firms
  • Community Development Corporations

Alumni in Public Interest Careers

  • Carl Bruch Profile Photo

    Carl Bruch

    Carl Bruch JD ’96 is the Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and the founding President of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx).

  • Maral Cavner

    Maral Cavner JD ’18 is the Corporate Outreach Manager for Animal Equality, an international animal protection nonprofit that works in eight countries across four continents.

  • Tess Vickery

    Tess Vickery

    Tess Vickery LLM ’19 works as the policy advisor to a Member of Parliament for the Australian Animal Justice Party.


Work in Our Federal Government

A government job offers diverse case loads, meaningful work, and impactful roles from the start. With competitive salaries, loan forgiveness programs, and a wide array of practice areas, these positions are ideal for legal professionals passionate about public service and making a difference.

Government Career

Potential Industries

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Oregon Department of Justice

Alumni Working in Government Careers

  • Earl Blumenauer

    Congressman Earl Blumenauer served as the U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district for 27 years.

  • Lawrence Pittman

    Lawrence Pittman

    Lawrence Pittman JD ’18 is an Assistant Regional Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency—Region 6 in Dallas, Texas, and he also serves on the American Bar Association’s Environmental Justice Task Force.

  • Leila Arefi-Pour

    Leila Arefi-Pour

    Leila Arefi-Pour LLM ’19 is currently an associate attorney at Vancouver Defenders in Vancouver, Washington, where she is a criminal defense attorney serving as a public defender. She also takes privately retained animal law cases.


Find a Judicial Clerkship

Judicial clerkships offer opportunities to engage with novel legal issues and develop as legal thinkers under experienced mentors. With a track record of placing candidates in prestigious clerkships at federal and state courts, L&C provides comprehensive support, including one-on-one guidance from faculty advisors, career counseling from the Career Services team, and networking opportunities with alumni.

Judicial Clerkships

Potential Industries

  • Federal Judicial Clerkships
  • State Judicial Clerkships
  • Administrative Law Judges

Pro Bono and Community Service Work

Lewis & Clark Law School’s Pro Bono and Community Service Program has been facilitating student volunteer opportunities at various nonprofit organizations, courts, and government offices since its inception in 1998. Participants who contribute a minimum of 30 hours annually receive the prestigious Honors Award in acknowledgment of their dedication to community service.

Pro Bono and Community Service

Potential Industries

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Agencies
  • Legal Aid Societies
  • International NGOs
  • Policy Think Tanks
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Environmental Law Organizations
  • Labor Unions
  • Public Interest Law Firms
  • Community Development Corporations

Alumni Working in Community Service

  • Antonia De Meo '94

    Antonia De Meo

    Antonia De Meo JD’94 is the Director and Head of Entity of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

  • Gladys Kamasanyu

    Gladys Kamasanyu

    Gladys Kamasanyu LLM ’20 is a Chief Magistrate with the Uganda Judiciary; the head of Africa’s first and only specialized wildlife court, the Uganda Wildlife Court; and founder of Help African Animals, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that protects animals through the legal system.

  • David Rosengard

    David Rosengard

    David Rosengard JD ’15, LLM ’16 is a staff attorney with Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program and teaches as a adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School.