LLM via Distance Learning
For years lawyers from around the world have moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue the LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law at Lewis & Clark. We are pleased to now offer this same degree via distance learning in a flexible and engaging 100% online format.
We have designed these online courses to the same caliber of excellence as our on-campus courses. You will have access to many of the same professors, content, and world-class learning experience as our in-person students.
Why pursue an LLM in Environmental Law at Lewis & Clark via distance learning?
- Lewis & Clark Law School’s environmental law program is ranked as the best in the nation (US News & World Report).
- The courses are offered entirely online, and coursework is interactive and flexible.
- Tuition awards are available.
- You will interact and network with students from around the world.
- You can gain your degree without relocating, quitting your job, or altering your personal and family engagements.
- The LLM degree at Lewis & Clark helps prepare you for environmental law career opportunities.
We encourage you to reach out to an Environmental LLM outreach team member and learn more about the Lewis & Clark difference. Our LLM program staff is always happy to answer your questions.
A Career in Environmental Law
Lewis & Clark’s LLM degree prepares lawyers for practicing, teaching, or policymaking in the environmental, natural resources, and energy law field. Our students often tell us that the LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law program at Lewis & Clark is a challenging, exhilarating and life-changing experience.
By completing the LLM via distance learning, you do not need to choose between your career, education or personal commitments. Meet some of our past LLM graduates who have gone on to do great things. Learn More.
Your faculty for the online LLM are many of the same professors to which our on-campus LLM students have access. No matter the program, class, or faculty–our students come first. Learn more about our faculty. Learn More.
Designed to accommodate working attorneys, this program is geared to maximize your time and help you reach your goal. The program is offered 100% online, and you will have access to technical support, interactive learning elements, virtual office hours, and more. Students have three years to complete the degree.
To earn an LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law from Lewis & Clark Law school, students must complete a total of 26 credit hours of coursework for U.S. students, and 28 for international students. Students can choose from the wide variety of courses listed below.
These hours will include required and elective courses. Lewis & Clark Law School has one of the top environmental law programs in the United States, making this online LLM program a great option for busy professionals, distance learners, or for students with family obligations.
A full list of courses offered:
- Administrative Law (required for US students unless taken as a JD; highly recommended for international students)
- Environmental Law (required for all students unless taken as a JD)
- Emerging Topics in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law (two semesters required for all LLM students)
- Introduction to US Environmental Law and Legal Studies (for international LLM students)
- Energy Law: Electricity Regulation
- Natural Resources Law & Science
- Public Lands & Resources Law
- Wildlife Law
- Climate Change: U.S. Law & Policy
- Hazardous Waste Law
- International Environmental Law
- Water Law
- Individual research paper on environmental topic of student’s choice (a great option for students who want to explore a topic not offered by courses or to further explore a topic within a course.)
*Please note these courses are not listed in the order that they need to be taken. A more in-depth course structure, and course descriptions are available upon request.
Applicants for the LLM program must:
- Be a graduate of an accredited US or international law school
- Demonstrate an excellent academic record, strong legal research and writing skills
- Have a genuine interest in environmental, natural resources, or energy law
- Hold, or be about to obtain, a law degree that would qualify an applicant to apply to practice as a lawyer or judge in their home country (JD if in the US, otherwise LLB or the equivalent)
- actual bar membership is not required.
- For US students, a JD from an ABA-accredited law school is highly preferred.
- A degree in any other discipline, even if combined with elements of law or policy, is not sufficient to qualify for LLM admission.