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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 non-profit
Dean Robert Klonoff
Location Portland, OR, US
Enrollment 719
Faculty 104 (See List)
USNWR ranking 61
Annual tuition
Outlines 0 (See List)
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Lewis & Clark Law School is located in Portland, OR

Lewis and Clark Law School (L&C) is a private American law school located in Portland, Oregon. In the last ten 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 following areas: Business Law, Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Public Interest Law, Global Law, and Tax Law. The master of laws (L.L.M.) degree is offered in Environmental Law. Located 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 School

Lewis & Clark Law thrives on several unique and well-affiliated departmental programs. As of 2011, the law school as a whole is ranked 67th in the United States in US News and World Report's ratings,[1] and its Environmental Law Program is ranked second nationwide.[2] In addition to the usual coursework, each law program has affiliated interest groups and societies, as well as possible mentoring programs.

Environmental law program

The Environmental Law (e-law) program is a high-profile academic program. Unofficially, the courses offered derive into two general areas: pollution control and natural resources management. Pollution-control courses tend to focus on regulation of industrial waste products. Natural-resource-management courses tend to involve 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 related environmental work of student interest is encouraged.


The Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC) and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) are among two organizations hosted at L&C, where students apply practical 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 inclusion of Indian Law on the Oregon State Bar, the Indian Law program at L&C has received 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 legal scholars come to teach 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 contains a United States Patent and Trademark Depository,[3] which aids its intellectual law program. Additionally, the school benefits 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 international. The city's music and arts scene also provides 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:

  • Animal Law Review (est. 1992) - The first law review devoted to legal issues involving animals
  • Environmental Law (est. 1969) - The first law review devoted to environmental law issues
  • Lewis & Clark Law Review (est. 1996) - A general law review, formerly the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law
  • Newsletters
    • Oregon Intellectual Property Network (est. 1999)


Lewis & Clark Law School has its roots in the state school of law that was created in 1884. In 1915, the Oregon legislature formally 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 largest private institution in Portland, Lewis & Clark College, to form Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. In 1967 a new campus was built beside Lewis & Clark College and Tryon Creek State Park. The school expanded 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 currently possesses one of the largest law libraries on the West Coast.

Community involvement

L&C's devotion to community involvement is exhibited through several campus organizations, two public interest/pro bono/community service coordinators, and frequent 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.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni include:


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