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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animal Law LLM Program

Introducing the World’s Only Advanced Legal Degree in Animal Law

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) is a pioneer in the field of animal law education. Lewis & Clark Law School represents a history of firsts in the field. In 1992, our students organized the very first Animal Law Conference in the U.S. A year later, they formed the first student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 1994, they published the first volume of the Animal Law Review, the fist and still only journal dedicated exclusively to animal law issues. The Center for Animal Studies was founded in 2008, becoming the first formal animal law program in the world and eventually giving rise to the first Animal Law Clinic. CALS now offers three specialty clinics: the Animal Law Clinic, the Animal Law Litigation Clinic, and International Wildlife Law Clinic.

In 2012, CALS launched the world’s first—and still only—advanced animal law legal degree offering, the Animal Law LLM. The Animal Law LLM is designed for U.S. and international law graduates and attorneys seeking to focus on animal law in practice, teaching, research, academia, or policy. CALS is proud to offer the most robust animal law curriculum in the world taught by distinguished faculty and practitioners, with our LLM students afforded an opportunity to take part in one of our ground-breaking clinics, serve as editors on the Animal Law Review, join the board of the Lewis & Clark Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter, attend the Animal Law Conference and Animal Law Review Symposium, and more.

Working closely with ten to fifteen Animal Law LLM students each year, CALS is committed to educating the next generation of animal law attorneys. Supported long after graduation by CALS and our vast alumni network, our impressive Animal Law LLM graduates take what they have learned at Lewis & Clark Law School to effect positive change for animals in the U.S. and around the world.

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