Lewis & Clark CollegeLewis & Clark began its history as a collaboration between the Presbytery in Oregon and the town of Albany. The school then established was officially known as the Albany Collegiate Institute and had a curriculum that focused mainly on classical and traditional learning. In 1905 the name was changed to Albany College, and in 1942, after the acquisition of a substantial piece of land, the trustees renamed the College to the Lewis & Clark College. The Synod and Lewis & Clark severed their formal relationship in 1994 so that today, Lewis & Clark is an independent establishment overseen by a Board of Trustees.
The College is currently located in beautiful natural surroundings and in keeping with the beauty of this area, the College has several green buildings in which original research in the classical arts meets cutting edge and pioneering ways of thinking.
The College of Arts and Sciences has launched several initiatives including overseas and off-campus study programs and also provides international and interdisciplinary programs.
Lewis & Clark also runs several sustainability initiatives to address issues of sustainability and social responsibility. A list of all Campus Sustainability Initiatives is available on the school’s website.
The law school
The Law School at Lewis & Clark is particularly renowned for its specialized courses in Animal Law, Indian Law and Environmental and Natural Resources Law. Cutting edge study and research is being promoted through acclaimed institutes at Lewis & Clark including the National Crime Victim Law Institute which promotes education and advocacy from the victim’s perspective; and the Natural Resources Law Institute which conducts teaching and research as well as provides specialized training for national and international lawyers and judges.
Besides the undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered at Lewis & Clark, the college also promotes writing competitions. Students also have the opportunity to attend Summer School and, due to its partnerships with other universities and colleges, Lewis & Clark students are offered the opportunity to attend Summer School in other countries including China, Paris, Russia and Barcelona.
Tuition fees for 2010/2011 are approximately US$1 300 per credit. There are additional costs for health insurance (approximately US$770 per semester) and a registration fee of US$85. The tuition fee does not include the cost for books and materials with are estimated at around US$530 per semester; and students must also budget for living expenses which vary but are estimated at around US$8 600 per semester.
Enrollment is only open to graduates of accredited US or international law schools. Students must be able to show a strong interest in environmental and natural resources law. Competition is strong and only a limited number of places are available so that an excellent academic record is required as well as documented strong research and writing skills.
Students enrolled in the LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law have the unique opportunity to participate in a course frequently ranked as #1 in the US by the U.S. News and World Report. The course is directed to those involved in the natural resources law field either as practitioners, teachers or policy-makers. The fact that the course is intentionally kept small, facilitates a greater level of student-teacher contact than may be available most courses.
The LLM program, if taken full-time, can usually be completed within 1 academic year. Part-time studies are also available with the course then being completed with 2 to 2½ years. International students with a non-common law background are also required to take 2 additional credits in the Introduction to U.S. Environmental Law and Legal Study. All students are required to take the Graduate Environmental Seminar. The remaining credits can be made up from the other curriculum choices with students having the option of taking up to 8 credits in non-environmental law studies.
The school strongly recommends that international students plan for at least 3 semesters of studies. International students must however note that the US government imposes a time limit of 18 months for international students to complete their studies.