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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Lewis & Clark Law School’s highly ranked Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program now offers a Master of Studies in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law (MSL) for non-lawyers. This 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 non-profit 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 Spring 2018 are still available.

Applications for 2018-2019 are now available.

Recent graduates are enthusiastic about the program:

Cassidy Valenzuela ’16: “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.

Haley Blake ’15, has been actively involved in issues related to fish and water for several years. She recently landed her dream job as a coordinator with the Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds Council on the Oregon coast. 

“As a reporter, I’ve spent countless hours wading through court documents and trying to make sense of legal tangles in the energy and environmental policy world. Lewis & Clark Law School’s Master’s program is giving me indispensable knowledge that will help me understand and analyze these issues for future reporting.” Ellen Gilmer, ’14 Environmental Journalist

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