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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

LLM Application Instructions

Applying via U.S. Mail

To apply via U.S. mail, please download the application.

Applying Online

To apply online, please access our online application form.

Application Process and Deadlines

We are now accepting applications for 2020–21. We consider applications on a rolling basis and accept applications throughout the year. If you need assistance, or have questions about the application process, please contact us at elaw@lclark.edu.

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year will be $1,850/credit, or $48,100 for 26 credits ($51,800 for 28 credits). The actual cost in any semester depends on the number of credits a student takes. In addition, a fee of $42.50 per semester plus $1,678.50/semester for health insurance should be calculated into academic expenses, along with a book allowance of about $800 per semester. Students should also anticipate a budget of $10,000 for living expenses per semester. All tuition and fees are subject to change on an annual basis. Federal financial aid (in the form of loans) is available to qualified U.S. students.

International students are encouraged to explore funding options with their governments or private foundations. A limited number of tuition awards are available to outstanding U.S. and international students based on merit and need. To be considered for awards, students should include a letter with their application materials explaining their need for assistance. If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at fafsa.ed.gov, as soon as possible. Because financial aid decisions may lag behind admission decisions, you should not wait until you have received an offer of admission to apply for financial aid.

* Rate may change in spring semester.

Please note: Applicants for the LLM program must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or international law school, and must demonstrate an excellent academic record, strong legal research and writing skills, and a genuine and documented interest in environmental and natural resources law. Applicants must hold, or be about to obtain, a law degree that would qualify them to apply to practice as a lawyer or judge in their home country (JD if in the United States, otherwise LLB or the equivalent); actual bar membership or law practice is not required. A degree in any other discipline, even if combined with elements of law or policy, is not sufficient to qualify for LLM admission. For U.S. students, a JD from an ABA-accredited law school is highly preferred.

Admission Process FAQs

Academic Calendar

Admission Process

Your admission file is created when the law school receives your completed application form and application fee. You may choose to submit all of your documents at once or to submit as many of the documents as you can at one time, with other items such as transcripts and reference letters, to follow.

For U.S. students seeking loans, please submit and file financial aid forms as soon as possible; do not wait until you have received an offer of admission.

Once your file is complete, the admissions committee will review it and contact you regarding the decision. If you accept an offer of admission, you must submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $250 within three weeks after notification of admission to hold your place in the class.

Academic Calendar

The law school is on the semester system. The fall semester generally begins the last week of August and ends the third or fourth week of December for a three-week winter break. The spring semester generally begins in mid-January and ends in early May, with a one-week spring break in March. The Intro to U.S. Environmental Law seminar begins in mid-August prior to the start of fall classes.

Questions

For more information about the LLM program, please contact:

U.S. Applicants

Janice L. Weis
Associate Dean and Program Director
Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97219-7799
503-768-6649 or 503-768-6784
elaw@lclark.edu

International Applicants

Lucy Brehm
Associate Program Director
Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97219-7799
503-768-6882 or 503-768-6784
elaw@lclark.edu

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