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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animal Law Clinic (788 AY & 789 AZ)

November 13, 2013

Kathy Hessler
6 credits, full year
*offered every year
*Prerequisite - Animal Law Fundamentals 449

The clinic focuses on matters of national and international importance, in addition to maintaining connections and working in the local community. Students in the Animal Law Clinic conduct research, represent clients, work on clinic projects, and with attorneys outside the clinic to develop the field of animal law and encourage consideration of the interests of animals in legal decision making. Their work includes, research, transactional work, litigation, and strategic planning.

The Animal Law Clinic is a year-long course for which students will earn 6 credits. Students participate in a weekly 2 hour class covering substantive issues and lawyering skills, meet weekly with clinic faculty to discuss their work, and spend an average of 8.5 to 10 hours per week on clinic work.

Students must take Animal Law Fundamentals as a pre-requisite for the Animal Law Clinic and must enroll for both the Fall and Spring semesters of the course.

There is no application process. Up to 6 students may enroll on a first come, first served basis.

The Animal Law Clinic is a credit/no credit course with no final examination or paper requirement. Depending on the work in the clinic, however, there is a possibility that a WIE or Capstone paper can be completed. Professor consent is needed.

While the clinic will not include a separate ethics portion for credit, students will be exposed to, and learn about, professionalism and ethics critical to being an effective legal advocate. Students are encouraged to obtain certification, but it is not required.