Animal Law LL.M. Curriculum
The Animal Law LL.M. program is appropriate for recent law graduates or established lawyers who want to enhance their understanding of animal law for either their current or future practice. CALS offers the most extensive animal law curricula in the world. This allows our students great flexibility in selecting their area of focus within animal law. Our LL.M. students have access to the same extensive course offerings as our J.D. students, along with opportunities to enroll in the Animal Law Clinic, work on the Animal Law journal, join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter, and attend the Animal Law Conference and Law Review Symposium.
Our program requires all LL.M. students to complete 26 semester hours of study and a final paper or project on an animal law topic of their choice. Requirements can be completed in as little as nine months or spread over two and a half years. Students can begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester with classes meeting during the day and evening. Summer classes are also available.
Please view the current list of courses and seminars available to J.D. and LL.M. students. In addition, if a specific area of interest is not represented, a student may design an individual research project under the supervision of a faculty member or a reading group with fellow students.
The law school is on the semester system, with 13 weeks of classes and two weeks of exams in each semester. The fall semester generally begins the last week of August and ends the second or third week of December for a three-week winter break. The spring semester generally begins in early-January and ends in early-May, with a one-week spring break in March.