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
This year, Prof. Erica Lyman took a group of four students to Paris for the climate change negotiations (UNFCCC 21st Conference of the Parties aka “COP 21”). Liz Mering, a 3L student, recently shared her reflections on the experience in Paris.
In a new analysis, Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities: An Assessment of the Environmental Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Professor Chris Wold, Director of Lewis & Clark Law School’s International Environmental Law Project, concludes that the TPP’s environmental provisions are weak and unlikely to address the problems of illegal wildlife trade, overfishing, and other environmental concerns. Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20) distributed his analysis to members of Congress, calling it a “thorough and thoughtful report”.
2016 Lewis & Clark International Law Symposium- Managing Corruption Risks in International Business: Perspectives from the U.S. and AbroadMarch 4, 2016, 1:00-5:15 pm
This symposium brings together a diverse set of speakers to offer insights on recent developments in managing corruption risks in International Business. They will also offer practical advice on how to meet compliance requirements in the face of foreign challenges and how to design and implement an effective compliance regime.