Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to questions many ask about the Center and our programs:
What is the Center for Animal Law Studies?
The Center is both a think tank and training ground for students interested in the broad spectrum of legal issues that comprise the field of animal law. Many of our students choose Lewis & Clark Law School to become animal protection or animal rights lawyers, but all points of view are welcomed and encouraged. We strongly believe that our students will be better lawyers if they are exposed to, and required to, analyze and understand opposing points of view.
Is the Center for Animal Law Studies an Animal Rights Organization?
The Center is not an advocacy organization per se. The defining aspect, of all of our work, however, is the consideration of the interests of animals. For example, the Animal Law Clinic is dedicated to tackling legal cases with the goal of enhancing animal protection from the worst abuses. In that sense, the Center is animal protection oriented.
How is the Center for Animal Law Studies unique from other programs or organizations?
The Center is the only legal and academic think tank and training program in the world for students interested in animal law. The Center houses the only comprehensive animal law program in the United States. The Center is also unique because of its knowledgeable faculty and staff dedicated to helping and advising Lewis & Clark animal law students.
How does one apply to the Animal Law Program?
Program admission is garnered through the regular admission process to Lewis & Clark Law School. There is no separate application to Lewis & Clark’s Animal Law Program. Once admitted to the Law School, a student automatically has full access to Animal Law Program components and activities. Please visit the Lewis & Clark Law School Office of Admissions website for more details.
If one is not admitted to Lewis & Clark Law School, are they precluded from all of its animal law programs?
No. Law students from other accredited law schools, along with some lawyers, paralegals and graduate students, may attend the Summer Intensive Animal Law Program. Visiting law students must check with their home institutions to see whether credits will transfer. In addition, law students at accredited institutions may register to compete in the National Animal Law Competitions. We also highly recommend attending The Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark, traditionally taking place the 3rd weekend of October.
Does Lewis & Clark offer online animal law courses?
Not at this time. While we may offer online courses in the future, at present there are no plans to move forward with distance learning.