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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Master of Studies in Environmental Law

Lewis & Clark Law School’s  Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program and center is ranked #1 in the United States by US News and World Report, and offers a Master of Studies in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law (MSL) for non-lawyers.

The Master of Studies in Law (MSL) graduate degree is for those who have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in learning about environmental law, but who do not wish to practice law or obtain a law degree. Potential students include federal agency employees, teachers, elected officials, journalists, and people pursuing careers in lobbying or nonprofit organizations, as well as business people who want a better understanding of environmental regulations.

Lewis & Clark’s Master’s program requires completion of 26 semester hours of credit. The program can be completed in two semesters or spread over three years. Absent unusual circumstances, we require students to begin in mid-August in order to attend a 2-credit Introduction to U.S. Environmental Law and Legal Studies course designed to help prepare students for study in a law school environment. In addition to this introductory course, the program requires students to take Administrative Law and Environmental Law. MSL students can choose from a wide variety of environmental law courses for the remainder of the credits. Click here for a sample schedule. 

Applications for 2020-2021 are now available

Applications for Fall 2020 due August 1, 2020

LSAT and GRE testing is NOT REQUIRED to apply.

Recent graduates are enthusiastic about the program:

Garret Visser ’16, Conservation Program Coordinator for Idaho Wildlife Federation in Boise, Idaho: “The Masters of Studies program allowed me to supplement my background studies in wildlife biology with environmental and natural resource law. The program was tailored to me and for the future I wanted to create for myself. I was able to enjoy classes ranging from water law, public lands law, and forest policy to administrative law. My professors were passionate and willing to be there for the master’s students at any moment throughout the semester.”

Cassidy (Valenzuela) Kohl ’16, Council Policy and Legislative Director for the City of San Jose in San Jose, California: “This was the exact law program I was looking for! It gave me the foundational knowledge to effectively and confidently communicate about environmental law without preparing me to litigate. The professors are experts in their field, yet maintain sincere approachability with students. Every aspect of my time in this program prepared me for a career in environmental policy.” Staff for Rep. Paul Holvey, Oregon Legislature.

Ellen Gilmer ’14 Legal Editor & Reporter at E&E News in Washington, D.C.: “As a reporter, I spend my time talking to lawyers, reading legal filings, attending oral arguments and analyzing current issues in energy and environmental policy. My time at Lewis & Clark Law School gives me a clearer grasp of the legal questions and history behind the stories I cover. I strongly recommend it for any journalist seeking to specialize in environmental policy or legal reporting, and for professionals in other fields seeking a better understanding of the law.”

Haley (Blake) Lutz ’15, has been actively involved in issues related to fish and water for several years. She is currently Executive Director at the Coos Watershed Association. Prior to that, she served as a coordinator with the Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds Council on the Oregon coast.

Kimberly Kosa ’17 is the Development Director at Wild Salmon Center in Portland, Oregon.

Morgan Gratz-Weiser ’16 is the Legislative Director of the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC).

Licia Sahagun ’17 is Executive Director of Wild Whatcom in Bellingham, Washington.











We look forward to hearing from interested applicants. For more information please contact Lucy Brehm, Associate Director of Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law, at 

Download our MSL Informational Flyer HERE.