Clinical internships are a great way to get valuable real-world legal experience while attending law school and taking other classes. Interns attend a weekly seminar and receive 4 hours of academic credit in exchange for at least 10 hours of work per week at a placement or organization in the Portland metro area.
Students can choose from an array of placements in the environmental or natural resources law fields, including placements with government, private, and nonprofit entities. Students are paired with a practicing environmental or natural resources lawyer in the Portland area. Placements have included many municipal, state, and federal agencies; corporations; law firms; advocacy groups; and the Oregon legislature and governor’s office.
This internship provides students with practical experience working with community groups and community-based organizations on environmental justice issues in the Portland area. The work includes using legal and non-legal strategies to achieve greater equity in environmental decision-making.
Legal Practicum: Environmental Prosecution
This year-long option allows students to work with Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Portland to investigate and prosecute criminal matters under federal environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Legal Practicum: Western Resources Legal Center
Through this internship, students work for the Western Resources Legal Center, a Portland based nonprofit organization that represents private individuals and businesses, in a variety of environmental and natural resources matters.