Lewis & Clark Law School understands that in today’s global economy, even lawyers practicing exclusively in the United States encounter transactions, disputes and other matters having an international component. The international context raises unique issues and requires special skills.
Our Global Law program, designed to give students the foundation they need to meet that challenge, has three components:
A broad and deep global law curriculum
We offer at all times a variety of courses and seminars within each of the following 5 principal areas: public international law, international business law, international environmental law, international dispute resolution, and comparative law. We have made it a priority to ensure that we have at least one full-time faculty member teaching in each of those areas (rather than relying on adjuncts), and we now have a permanent roster of more than 20 global law courses and seminars. We have also partnered with other law schools to provide focused summer programs and other educational opportunities on global law issues in foreign countries. We have also established the Global Law Certificate and curriculum planning guides to give students structure to their study of global law.
Focus on the practical
We believe that global law is increasingly of significant practical relevance, and we give students diverse opportunities to learn practical skills and obtain work experience within a global law context. Our offerings include the International Environmental Law Project; a multitude of global-law-themed externships that provide the opportunity to engage with lawyers in foreign countries in a structured learning environment; the Jessup Moot Court competition; and weaving practical skills into “podium” classes. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in public interest legal activities that involve immigrant communities or have other components related to international legal issues.
Engagement with the broader global legal and academic community
We provide broad exposure and access to global legal concerns by bringing to campus prominent local, national, and international figures, by connecting our students to organizations involved in global law, and by maintaining a robust international LLM program in environmental law. Our MOUs with law schools in Europe and India result in faculty exchanges, joint conferences and other projects, and one-semester visits to LC by foreign students. The LS continuously strives to increase the diversity of our student body, including JD and LLM degree students from outside the United States.
Global Law News
We recently heard from international LLM students Viv Fernandes (Australia), and David Marin Cortes (Colombia) who are gaining practical experience at the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington D.C. this summer (thanks to Prof. Wold).
Professor Erica Lyman is in Cuenca, Ecuador teaching a two week Legal Practicum on International Environmental Law issues with 9 Lewis & Clark law students. This two-week intensive field placement is exploring international environmental legal and policy themes through the lens of environmental issues in Ecuador.
Bob Klonoff, Jordan D. Schnitzer Professor of Law, has authored an article on why class actions have not gained traction outside the US, which he will be presenting in late May in Istanbul at the Congress of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL). The IAPL is an organization of distinguished civil procedure professors from around the world.