Animal Law LL.M. Admissions
Animal Law LL.M. applicants may apply through LSAC,
or by downloading our application.
Admission to the LL.M. 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. Membership in a bar is not necessary for admission. For U.S. students, a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school is highly preferred.
Each application is evaluated as a whole. We are interested in your scholarly capacity, your skills as a lawyer, your academic performance, and your interest in animal law.
We welcome and encourage applications from international law school graduates who wish to learn more about animal law in the U.S. legal system. However, the program is not suitable for students seeking an introduction to U.S. law or basic comparative law studies. The animal law LL.M. program is not designed to equip international students for U.S. practice or to sit for a state bar exam.
LL.M. 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.
For U.S. students, applications for fall semester (August) admission are due March 15 each year; applications for spring semester (January) admission are due August 15 each year.
For international students, applications for fall semester are due by February 15.
We consider applications on a rolling basis and accept applications throughout the year. We will also consider applications past the deadlines.
U.S. and International students may apply through LSAC for the LLM program, or download our application here.
You may send all your application materials to this address or by email:
Center for Animal Law Studies
LL.M. Admissions Committee
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
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.
For more information about the Animal Law LL.M. program, please contact:
Center for Animal Law Studies
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