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New Environmental Law Degree— for Nonlawyers

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Lewis & Clark Law School has launched a new degree targeted at those who are passionate about the environment—a master of studies in environmental and natural resources law. This is the first program of its kind at an Oregon law school and one of only a few similar programs in the nation.

The new master’s degree was created for those interested in learning about environmental law but not interested in practicing law or obtaining a law degree. Potential students include federal agency employees, teachers, elected officials, journalists, and people pursuing careers in lobbying or nonprofit organizations, as well as those in business who want a better understanding of environmental regulations.

“The addition of this master’s degree shows that Lewis & Clark continues to be an innovator in legal education,” says Robert Klonoff, dean of the law school. “This is an opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in environmental law while studying alongside J.D. students and learning from legal scholars and practitioners at the No. 2–ranked environmental law school in the country.”

The first class of students will enter in fall 2013.

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