Why animal law?
Because animals matter. Animals are integral to every aspect of human society, whether they are recognized for their intrinsic worth, their role as companions, or the value they bring to the environment and the world economy.
Because animal law attorneys can change the world. Attorneys interested in animal law have numerous opportunities to incorporate the field into their own practices. State, federal, local, and international laws all contain provisions regulating or impacting animals.
Because animal law is an exciting and rapidly expanding field of law. Animal law overlaps with many traditional areas of the law such as torts, criminal, wills & trusts, constitutional, and property law. Animal law is rooted in the practical application of statutes, regulations, and case law, but the field also explores legal theory, philosophy, and jurisprudence. In animal law we ask fundamental questions about the nature of a legal right or interest, how laws create or entrench power imbalances, and how those imbalances impact animals.
The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is proud to announce the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the International Society for Animal Rights.
Dean Pamela Frasch and CALS International Director Natasha Dolezal return from a week of presenting and listening in Kenya & Rwanda.
Our very own Professor Kathy Hessler is featured in the Willamette Week. Read about some of the things we’re working on at the Center for Animal Law Studies.