Lewis & Clark program helps students master, not practice, enviro law

Lewis & Clark's master's degree would target students who want to learn about environmental law without practicing it.

Lewis & Clark's master's degree would target students who want to learn about environmental law without practicing it.

Lewis & Clark Law School’s newest law degree program will target students looking to dabble further in the ecological arena.

The school will begin a master’s program in which law students can delve into environmental and natural resources law. The curricula is the first of its kind at an Oregon law school and one of a handful nationwide.

“The addition of this master’s degree shows that Lewis & Clark continues to be an innovator in legal education,” said Robert Klonoff, the law school’s dean, in a release. “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 (second-ranked) environmental law school in the country.”

The new master’s degree will provide avenues for those interested in learning about environmental law but who aren’t interested in actually practicing law. Such students could include federal agency employees, teachers, elected officials, journalists and lobbyists.

The program, which students can complete in two semesters, begins in fall 2013.

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