Please see our MSL page for details. Please note that applicants must bear a Bachelor’s degree by the start of the Animal Law MSL program. Neither an LSAT nor GRE score is required to apply.
Oftentimes, the letter of recommendation comes from a current or former employer, professor, or colleague. In any case, the most helpful letters come from individuals who know the applicant well and can attest to their interest in animal law and ability to thrive in our program. Letters should be written to help the Admissions Committee evaluate a student’s academic capacity, ethical character, writing and research skills, and professional ability. Letters for international applicants should discuss their ability to study in a U.S. law school and facility with English, if known.
No. Students may submit scanned copies of their transcripts. However, all students who have been offered admission to the program must submit official transcripts before they are eligible to begin classes. Students who will be applying close to the beginning of the semester are advised to secure these ahead of time.
In order to be successful in our program, students must have excellent English comprehension and writing skills. Like most U.S. law schools, our program requires extensive reading and writing on a daily basis. Applicants can meet the English proficiency in one of the following ways:
1) if English was the primary language of their university education and the official language of the country in which the university is located;
2) if English was the primary language of their university 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.
This is possible in certain circumstances. Email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to confirm that this is possible. If you receive permission to submit your score late, the admissions committee will review your application without proof of English proficiency; however, you must send in your satisfactory IELTS or TOEFL score within two weeks of the application deadline. Those who do so should note that this may reduce the time they have to accept or decline an offer of admission.
Interviews are generally not required but may be requested by the Director of the Animal Law Program to gather more information about an applicant.
The program is intentionally kept small (approximately 10-15 students per year) to give students the opportunity to work closely with animal law faculty and staff.
The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and will contact applicants regarding their decisions. For efficiency and environmental reasons, email is used to communicate with candidates on the status of their application and admissions decisions. Admissions decisions are typically made within one month after the application deadline has closed.
Due to the considerable need for scholarship support to make the MSL Program feasible for many of our applicants and the time needed to process visa applications for international students, admitted students who have been offered a scholarship will be given approximately 10-14 days to accept or decline an offer of admission. The letter of admission will state how long the applicant has.
Program Costs & Scholarship Opportunities
Up-to-date tuition & additional cost information can be found on the tuition page. The full program is 27 credits. Please note that tuition increases every academic year by approximately 4%. New rates go into effect at the start of each summer.
The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) strives to minimize the cost of the Animal Law MSL Program to make this unique, high-quality legal education a possibility for all accepted students. CALS is pleased to be able to offer scholarship support to well-qualified applicants. Depending on availability of funds, these scholarships may take the form of a full or partial award. Candidates who submit their applications by the deadline are automatically considered for all scholarship support we offer. There is no separate application for scholarship consideration.
All eligible students should submit the FAFSA any time after October 1of the year before they intend to start law school. Having a FAFSA on file ensures eligible students access to low interest federal loans and the federal work-study program. Loan amounts are determined by the Office of Financial Aid using the information you provide in the FAFSA form.
Although no financial aid award will be made until after a student is admitted, we strongly recommend filing a FAFSA at the same time as you apply for admission.
To learn more about the FAFSA and how to file, visit our Tuition & Financial Aid department page here.
Whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship, all international candidates must demonstrate they have sufficient personal funds to study in the U.S. under an F-1 student visa. The exact amount that needs to be demonstrated increases slightly each year as tuition and other costs rise.
In recent years, applicants paying full tuition have needed to demonstrate that they had approximately $47,000 for tuition expenses and $31,000 for non-tuition expenses, for a total of $78,000. The amount that applicants who have received a partial scholarship have had to show can be determined by deducting the amount of their award from this approximate total.
CALS regrets that it is unable to assist candidates in procuring funding beyond what is awarded in a scholarship.
Full scholarships cover the number of credits needed to complete the program. Any credits taken beyond this allotment are paid for by the student.
All in-person students are required to show proof of adequate health insurance. This can be met through obtaining Lewis & Clark’s Student Health Insurance plan or through a separate provider. Additionally, all students are required by law to provide immunization records, with specific vaccines required to be listed. Students may not attend classes without providing proof of the required vaccines. More information on immunization requirements can be found here. Accepted students who have not had the required vaccines should do so as soon as possible, as required vaccinations must be taken before coming to the Lewis & Clark campus.
Some international students bring their families with them during their study in the U.S. While CALS helps admitted students procure their student F-1 visas, those who wish to bring others with them should reach out to Lewis & Clark’s International Students and Scholars Office to make arrangements.
Center for Animal Law Studies is located in Wood Hall on the Law Campus. MSC: 51