About Us


Educating the next generation of animal law advocates and advancing animal protection through the law

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. CALS was founded 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 Dean of Animal Law. CALS has since grown into a world-renowned animal law epicenter that 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; 
  • JD student specialization in animal law through an Animal Law Certificate;  
  • Two advanced degrees in animal law, our LLM (for lawyers) and MSL (for non-lawyers), both offered in person or fully online; and 
  • Multiple animal law clinics and experiential learning opportunities.

CALS educates and supports law students and legal professionals interested in animal law through classes, conferences, scholarship, clinical opportunities, and more. 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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