Lewis & Clark Law School

Motto Explorare, Discere, Sociare (Latin) To explore, to learn, to work together
Parent school Lewis & Clark College
Established 1915
School type Private
Parent endowment $231.2 million
Dean Robert Klonoff
Location Portland, Oregon, USA
Enrollment 719
Faculty 104
USNWR ranking 61
Bar pass rate 87%
Annual tuition $31,900
Website law.lclark.edu

Lewis and Clark Law School (L&C), aka Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, is a private American law school located in Portland, Oregon. In the previous 10 years, L&C's Environmental Law program has been the highest-rated in the United States eight times.
L&C offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, with optional certificate programs in the subsequent areas: Business and Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and Tax Law. The master of laws (L.L.M.) degree is presented in Environmental Law. Situated on the Southern end of Portland in the hills west of the Willamette River, Lewis & Clark Law School is associated with Lewis & Clark College, and reflects the progressive values of both Portland and the College.

Academic programs

Lewis & Clark Law prospers on numerous unique and well-affiliated departmental programs. As of 2009, the law school as a whole is ranked 61st in the United States in US News and World Report's ratings, and its Environmental Law Program is ranked second countrywide. In addition to the usual coursework, each law program has affiliated interest groups and societies, as well as probable mentoring programs.

Environmental law program

The Environmental Law (e-law) program is a high-profile academic program. Informally, the courses presented obtain into two general areas: pollution control and natural resources management. Pollution-control courses tend to focus on directive of industrial waste products. Natural-resource-management courses tend to engage restrictions on use of land and water to prevent ecological damage. Practical experience in the field of environmental law is developed through a variety of clinics, skills courses, and organizations present on campus. Many of these groups focus on the Pacific Northwest, although any connected environmental work of student interest is encouraged.


The Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC) and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) are amid two organizations hosted at L&C, where students apply realistic environmental-law skills. Both these groups regularly file motions and negotiate with government, industry, community groups, and other NGO's.

Indian (Native American) law

With the recent addition of Indian Law on the Oregon State Bar, the Indian Law program at L&C has established a boost in attention. In addition to the coursework taught during the fall and spring semesters, L&C has an Indian Law Summer Program, in which law intellectuals come to educate at Lewis & Clark. During the fall and spring hiring process, representatives of Indian interest groups and Indian courts have appeared at L&C.

Intellectual property

The Boley Law Library at Lewis & Clark encloses a United States Patent and Trademark Depository, which aids its intellectual law program. moreover, the Law School advantages from being the only law school in Portland, the largest city in Oregon, with its metro area home to several Intel campuses, Nike, Tektronix and other technology firms both local and worldwide. The city's music and arts scene also offers opportunities in copyright and trademark law. In addition, several local law firms are involved with intellectual property.

Law reviews

Three law reviews exist at L&C, as well as at least one legal newsletter. Each of the law reviews is edited and reviewed by law student staff. The newsletter follows a similar method of review. Publications include:
Lewis & Clark Law Review (est. 1996) - A general law review, formerly the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law, founded in 1996
Lewis & Clark's Environmental Law (est. 1969) - The US's oldest law review dedicated solely to environmental issues
Lewis & Clark Animal Law Review (est. 1992) - The first US law review devoted to legal issues involving animals

Oregon Intellectual Property Newsletter (est. 1999)


L&C has its extraction in the state school of law that was shaped in 1884. In 1915, the Oregon legislature officially moved the state's law school from Portland to Eugene, but the law faculty resisted the move and reformed the school as the Northwestern College of Law. In 1965, the college associated with the biggest private institution in Portland, Lewis and Clark College. In 1967 a new campus was built beside Lewis & Clark College and Tryon Creek State Park. The school lengthened in 2001 with the renovation of the Boley Library and construction of the Gantenbein Building. In 2002 the school expanded into a 5th building, Wood Hall. Lewis & Clark Law School at present possesses one of the largest law libraries on the West Coast.

Community involvement

L&C's commitment to community involvement is display through several campus organizations, 2 public interest/pro bono/community service coordinators, & regular invitations to bring speakers from local community groups. The law school encourages student work by providing additional honors on the transcripts of students who document 30 or more hours of pro bono legal work, or 30 or more hours of community-service work during the course of the school year.
In addition, the law school is host to the Public Interest Law Project (PILP). PILP is a funding organization for pro bono legal work done by students and graduating students. Each year PILP holds a charity auction and a funding application process in order to provide pay for summer work and loan repayment. In summer 2006, 18 students were provided with a summer stipend for legal work.

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