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About Us

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) is home to the Animal Law Program and animal law projects and activities of Lewis & Clark Law School. Our mission is to educate the next generation of animal law attorneys and advance animal protection through the law.  

CALS offers the most extensive animal law curriculum in the world—offering more than 25 diverse animal law courses, with 18 distinct courses in rotation each year. Lewis & Clark law students may also specialize in animal law by earning an Animal Law Certificate.  CALS also offers the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in Animal Law. The Animal Law LLM Program is designed for U.S. and international law school graduates who wish to focus on animal law in practice, teaching, research, or public policy.

CALS was founded by Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Pamela Frasch in 2008 through a collaborative effort between the Law School and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Lewis & Clark Law School has long been a leader and pioneer in the field of animal law education dating back to 1992. It is home to the first legal journal devoted exclusively to animal law (the Animal Law Review), the first student animal law organization (the Lewis & Clark Animal Legal Defense Fund), and the world’s longest-running animal law conference, and the world’s first and only Dean of Animal Law.

CALS educates and supports law students and legal professionals interested in animal law through classes, conferences, scholarship, clinical opportunities, and more. CALS offers three specialty animal law clinics. CALS is a fully self-funded nonprofit organization operating under the Lewis & Clark College 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and is only able to provide these educational opportunities through donations and grants.

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The Center for Animal Law Studies is dedicated to educating the next generation of animal law attorneys.