ENR Practical Experience

  Clinics | Field Placements | LAW | GBISA | JELL | Moot Court Board

Oregon Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center (ENR) provides practical experience to the next generation of environmental advocates. 

Clinics and Field Placements


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Environmental Law Clinic

Supervised by attorneys with the Western Environmental Law Center, Oregon Law's Environmental Law Clinic is a mainstay of the university's nationally ranked ENR Center. At its establishment in 1978, the Clinic was the first of its kind in the United States. It saw early successes with instructing pre-career students, prosecuting environmental cases, and protecting a then-mysterious bird: the northern spotted owl. Today, the Clinic continues to equip students for focused advocacy, allowing them to practice environmental law "with a safety net." 


ENR Field Placement Program

ENR's Field Placement Program pairs law students with federal, state, and local government offices, Tribal Nations, and nonprofit organizations across disciplines. Students in the Field Placement Program have worked on a diversity of environmental challenges through a variety of practice areas: 

  • Property Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • International Environmental Law
  • Tribal Environmental and Natural Resources Law
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy
  • Freshwater Resource Management and Policy
  • Land Use and Law and Policy
  • Climate Change Law and Policy

Recent ENR field placements include: 

  • 1,000 Friends of Oregon
  • Advocates for the West
  • Beyond Toxics
  • Blue River Law
  • Cascadia Wildlands
  • Center for Ocean Solutions
  • Crag Law Center
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Trade Section
  • Earth Island Institute
  • Earthjustice
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Protection Information Center
  • Hells Canyon Preservation Council
  • Hudson Riverkeeper
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Idaho Water Users Association
  • Institute of Man and Environment of the Amazon
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland Center
  • LandWatch Lane County
  • Lincoln County Counsel
  • Midwest Environmental Advocates
  • National Law Center for the Inter-American Free Trade
  • Oregon Citizens' Utility Board
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Oregon Office of the Legislative Counsel
  • Oregon Public Utility Commission
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Sierra Club
  • Socially Responsible Agriculture Project
  • Squaxin Indian Tribal Community
  • State of California Attorney General
  • State of Oregon Attorney General
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Trustees for Alaska
  • Tualatin Riverkeepers
  • United Nations Climate Change Secretariat Legal Affairs Program
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Pacific Northwest Region
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division
  • Western Resources Advocates
  • WildEarth Guardians
  • Wildlands Network

To propose a new ENR field placement, contact Heather Brinton at hbrinton@uoregon.edu or (541) 346-3741. 


Student Organizations

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Green Business Initiative Student Association

The Green Business Initiative Student Association (GBISA) at the University of Oregon uniquely bridges two diverse but connected university programs: Law and Business. Organized at the intersection of law, business, and the environment, GBISA members are students from the University of Oregon School of Law and/or Lundquist College of Business. The organization's mission is to promote awareness of sustainable business practices and the legal framework and policies that support green business. ​​​​​​

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Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 

The Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (JELL) has provided an international, unbiased forum for new ideas and theories in environmental and natural resources law since 1985. JELL published cutting-edge and groundbreaking scholarship on contemporary topics including renewable energy, environmental justice, and international environmental law. 

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Land Air Water 

Land Air Water (LAW) is the oldest and largest student environmental law society in the nation. LAW's first and foremost activity is organizing the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) at Oregon Law. Like Land Air Water, PIELC is the first and largest of its kind, not only in the United States but in the world. Each year, the Conference brings more than 3,000 activists, attorneys, students, scientists, policymakers, and concerned citizens together to collaborate on environmental solutions. 

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Student Advocacy and Action for Environmental Justice

Established in 2022, Student Advocacy and Action for Environmental Justice (SAAEJ, pronounced "sage") is the newest environmental law student organization at Oregon Law. SAAEJ members are organized around several thematic outreach projects spanning topics from fossil-free energy policy to storytelling as a tool for advancing environmental justice. For their work to create SAAEJ, the organization's co-founders received a Campus Sustainability Award in Student Leadership in 2023. 

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Moot Court Board

Oregon Law's Moot Court Board is a long-standing and prestigious 20-member student organization comprised of 10 third-year law students and 10 second-year law students. The Board organizes and runs the law school's oral advocacy program. Annually in mid-spring, the selection process begins for Moot Court Board members. Each member of the Board serves for a two-year period, earning one course credit per semester. 

The Board strives to:

  • provide students with academically challenging and diverse opportunities to develop oral and written advocacy skills which are essential components of the practice of law
  • provide the Oregon Law with a viable competitive moot court program that will enhance the school’s professional development of its students and produce competent and professional student representation in competitions with other law schools
  • provide the practicing bar with an opportunity to help shape the skills development of future attorneys
  • provide Board members with an opportunity to develop legal research and writing skills through problem development and competition coordination

Oregon Law participates in several (typically six) intraschool competitions each year, including the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University.