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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animal Law LLM Admissions


Animal Law LLM applicants may apply through LSAC

or by downloading our application


Admission to the LLM program is highly 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 and documented interest in animal law. Each application is evaluated as a whole. Factors taken into consideration include applicants’ scholarly capacity, skills as a lawyer, academic performance, and interest in animal law.

Applicants must hold, or be about to obtain, a law degree that would qualify them to apply to practice as a lawyer or judge in their home country (JD if in the U.S., otherwise LLB or the equivalent). A degree in any other discipline, even if combined with elements of law or policy, is not sufficient to qualify for LLM admission. For U.S. students, a JD from an ABA-accredited law school is highly preferred. 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. Animal 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.

LLM students can expect extensive reading assignments, vigorous class discussion, and either a written examination or extensive research paper in each course. For international students, the program requires superb English language skills. This requirement for international students can be met in one of two ways: if English was the language of their studies; or with a minimum required IETLS score (8) or internet-based TOEFL score (100).

Application Deadlines

The program considers applications on a rolling basis and accepts applications throughout the calendar year. However, for primary consideration for admission and scholarship support, the following dates for the submission of applications should be observed.

U.S. Applicants: 

Fall Admission: February 1
Spring Admission: September 1

International Applicants:

Fall Admission: February 1 

Application Instructions

U.S. and International students may apply through LSAC or by downloading our application here. Those who choose the latter option may email completed applications with all materials as PDF attachments to the Director of the Animal Law LLM Program, Dr. Rajesh Reddy, at They may also mail their completed applications to:

Center for Animal Law Studies
LLM Application Committee
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97219 USA 

Admission Process

Your admission file is created when we receive your completed application form and materials. For U.S. students seeking financial aid, please submit and file FAFSA forms as soon as possible regardless of whether you have received an offer of admission.

Once your file is complete, the Admissions Committee will review it and contact you regarding the decision. If you accept an offer of admission, you must submit a nonrefundable tuition deposit of $250 USD within three weeks after notification of admission to hold your place in the class. Please make any checks payable to Lewis  &  Clark Law School.

For efficiency and environmental reasons, we use email to communicate with candidates on the status of their applications and admission decisions.


If you have additional questions about the application or admission process, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions page here. If your question is not addressed there or if you would like additional information about the LLM program, please contact the Animal Law LLM Program Director:

Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy
Director, Animal Law LLM Program


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