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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

Visiting Scholar Programs

Distinguished Environmental Law Visitor

Campus life at Lewis & Clark is enriched by the presence of environmental visiting scholars. Each fall, a Natural Resources Law Institute Distinguished Environmental Visitor, drawn from the scholarly luminaries of the field, visits campus for a few days to share his or her area of expertise with Lewis & Clark law students and to deliver a lecture on a timely and provocative environmental issue. Our most recent Distinguished Visitor, Dan Esty, visited in fall 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Janice Weis, Associate Dean and Director, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Program at 503-768-6649 or

Visiting Assistant Professor

Lewis & Clark Law School occasionally sponsors a visiting assistant professor position (VAP) for a two-year term in its environmental, natural resources, and energy law program. The position is ideal for those interested in transitioning to a career in academia and who would like an opportunity to focus on scholarly research, writing and teaching in preparation for that transition.  The VAP will be able to use the first year of the position to produce scholarship and teach and can then use his/her scholarship, teaching experience, and student evaluations in support of his/her application for academic positions in the following year, while continuing to teach and write during the second year. For further information about our VAP program, please contact Associate Dean Janice Weis at (503) 768-6649 or

Lewis & Clark Law School adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to employment and has a firm commitment to promote the letter and spirit of all equal opportunity and civil rights laws.  We encourage applications from persons in groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession.

Visiting International Scholars

Prominent law professors and legal scholars from all over the world come to Lewis & Clark for visits anywhere from one week to one year to do self-directed in-depth research on environmental and natural resources law topics. Visiting scholars provide international perspectives for our students and faculty, as our visitors in turn learn more about U.S. environmental laws and enforcement.  Scholars chosen for our visitor program have the opportunity to participate in our many environmental, natural resources, and energy law programs, including auditing Lewis & Clark’s environmental and natural resources, and energy law classes taught by leading professors, and frequent extracurricular events.

Acceptance as a visiting scholar is not automatic; we receive many more applications than we can possibly accommodate, and must make difficult decisions among a number of good applications.  

In order for visitors to benefit from this program, it is essential that they be fluent in English before arriving in the United States.  Please be prepared to demonstrate that you have a high level of English communication ability sufficient to understand graduate-level research materials and class lectures.

Please note: all visitors from non-common law countries who have not previously studied the law of the United States or other common law countries are asked to attend the Introduction to U.S. Environmental Law and Legal Studies course, which begins mid August, before beginning their scholarly research in the fall. 

You may submit your Visiting Scholar Application Form (Microsoft Word format) by mail or email ( Please note that the deadline for our office to receive your application is February 15 for visits during the academic year (between August 1 and May 1), and December 15 for summer visits

For more information about Lewis & Clark’s visiting scholar program, contact Lucy Brehm, at