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Center for Animal Law Studies

Internship: Animal Law Legislation Seminar (785)

November 13, 2013

Stephan Otto
4 credits
*generally offered every spring
*Limit: 4 students

This course is a legislative clinical program aimed at improving animal protection laws throughout the country. Students will acquire a substantive knowledge of the legislative process through study and practical experience in the development of primarily local-level animal protection laws.

Students will have the unique opportunity to research, analyze, develop, and advance local legislation, while working offices under the guidance of attorney Stephan K. Otto.  Students may have the occasion to work on select state-level issues as well.

Equipped with the experience and skills gained through this program, students will be better prepared for future work in government and administrative agencies, as well as to represent a variety of clients with the government and public policy interests.

Students attend and participate in weekly interactive seminars, which will cover a variety of legislative issues (including statutory construction, strategy, legislative history, preemption and conflicts, lobbying, and other related topics), and participate in discussion of ongoing projects. In addition, students also spend the equivalent of 8-10 hours a week working on projects, both on campus and independently, to the satisfaction of the supervising attorney. Any participant missing the orientation or more than 20% of the clinic sessions may be administratively withdrawn.

Internship: Animal Law Legislation Seminar is a 4-credit (credit/no credit) course. The course satisfies both the seminar and professional skills requirements. Enrollment is limited and applicants for this seminar will be screened. To apply, submit a one-page letter of interest to the Registrar by the deadline for registration.

Suggested per-requisite: Animal Law Fundamentals

* NoteStudents are not compensated for work performed in connection with the internship.