Animal Law LLM Admissions

Please note that the information on this page is specific to our in-person Animal Law LLM Program. For details regarding our online Animal Law program, go here.

The Application Window for the In-Person Fall 2022 Class Has Closed

To Apply for the Online Fall 2022 Class, Go Here.


Admission to the LLM Program is competitive. Applicants must be graduates of an accredited U.S. or international law school and must demonstrate an excellent academic record, strong legal research and writing skills, and a genuine interest in animal law. Each application is evaluated holistically. Factors taken into consideration include an applicant’s scholarly capacity, skills as a lawyer, academic performance, work history, strength of references, and engagement with animal law issues.

Applicants must hold or obtain by the start of their matriculation a law degree that qualifies them to practice as a lawyer or judge in their home country. U.S. applicants satisfy this requirement with a JD. A JD from an ABA-accredited law school is highly preferred. International applicants often meet this requirement with an LLB; however, other legal degrees may also qualify. International applicants should confirm their eligibility for our LLM Program by making sure their degree is listed here. Membership in a bar is not necessary for admission. We welcome and encourage applications from international law school graduates who wish to learn more about animal law in the U.S. legal system and how the U.S. framework compares to and can help to effect change in legal systems. While the program offers a mandatory Introduction to U.S. Legal Studies course for international students, the program is not intended to prepare international students for U.S. practice or to sit for a state bar exam.

Animal Law LLM students can expect extensive reading assignments, vigorous class discussion, and either a written examination or extensive research paper in each course. The in-person Animal Law LLM program features a required, one-credit Emerging Topics in Animal Law online course in the Fall and Spring semesters that is designed to connect our online program students with our in-person program students. Additionally, international students take a required, one-credit Introduction to U.S. Legal Studies online course at the beginning of their first semester in the program.

For international students, the program requires superb English language skills. For international applicants whose native language is not English, this requirement can be met in one of the following ways:

1) if English was the primary language of their legal education and the official language of the country in which the university is located;

2) if English was the primary language of their legal education and if their university is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency;

3) a minimum IELTS score of 8; or

4) a minimum internet-based TOEFL score of 100.

Application Deadlines

The in-person Animal Law LLM program admits students only for the Fall semester. The application deadline for the Fall semester is February 1.

How to Apply

All applications must be received through our online application form. Applicants are asked to provide background information; a statement of interest; a resume or CV; transcripts; two letters of recommendation; and a writing sample. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications after the deadline and will contact applicants regarding its decision. For efficiency and environmental reasons, email is to communicate with candidates on the status of their application and admissions decisions.


If you have additional questions about our admissions process, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not addressed there or if you would like additional information, please contact Animal Law Admissions at or 503-768-6895.

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