Animal Law Clinics Student Information
Animal Law Clinic
The Animal Law Clinic is a year-long course for which students will earn 6 credits. Students will participate in a weekly 2-hour class covering substantive issues and lawyering skills; meet weekly with the clinic faculty to discuss their work; and spend an average of 8 - 10 hours per week on clinic work. The Animal Law Clinic is a credit/no credit course with no final examination or paper requirement.
While the clinic will not include a separate ethics portion for credit, students will be exposed to, and will learn about professionalism and ethics, which is critical to being an effective legal advocate. Students are encouraged to obtain certification, but it is not required.
Animal Law Fundamentals (449 A) is a pre/co-requisite for the Animal Law Clinic.
Contact Professor Kathy Hessler for more information.
Animal Law Litigation Clinic
Limit: 6 students
Under the supervision of the clinical professor, students work developing and litigating cases to establish and expand legal protections and legal rights for animals, with an emphasis on cases furthering the interests of farmed animals. Depending on the procedural posture of the clinic’s cases, work may include interviewing potential clients/client representatives, drafting complaints, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, and drafting and responding to discovery requests, taking or defending depositions, creating pre-trial motions, participating in all aspects of trial, including voir dire, direct and cross examination, post-trial briefing, and the like. The clinic’s docket is balanced to provide students with opportunities to participate in as many aspects of litigation as possible and to see as much of a case through as possible.
Except in special circumstances, this is a full year course (three credits per semester). Students must take Animal Law Fundamentals as a prerequisite for the Animal Law Litigation Clinic and must enroll in both sections: Animal Law Litigation Clinic I and II.
Each week, students are expected to attend and participate in a 2-hour classroom component, meet with a supervising attorney, and work an average of 10 hours outside of class on cases as assigned. Students learn basic animal law jurisprudence, Bluebook citation, and trial and (when appropriate) appellate level animal law practice, including effective motion practice and general practice skills. Students also benefit from guest lectures by national animal law litigation experts and allied professionals, such as veterinarians and behaviorists. Class attendance is mandatory.
The Animal Law Litigation Clinic is a credit/no credit course with no final examination or paper requirement. Depending on the work in the clinic, there is a possibility that, with professor consent, a Writing Intensive Requirement paper can be completed. In some semesters, with Professor consent, it is possible for students to do additional work for individual research credit that furthers their clinic work and meets the Capstone requirement. The clinic does not include a separate ethics portion for credit, but students will be exposed to, and learn about, professionalism and ethics critical to being an effective litigator.
Prerequisite: Animal Law Fundamentals