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Center for Animal Law Studies

International Animal Law

The International Animal Law program aims to elevate the field of animal law around the world.  

At the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), our International Animal Law program aims to elevate the global field of animal law by supporting the development of animal law abroad. We foster relationships with professors, students, lawyers, judges, and other legal practitioners to collaborate and assist with projects that will enhance animal law advocacy and education. To further advance the field, we collaborate on workshops, conferences, trainings, and by supporting animal law practitioners working in-country through our micro-grants. 

Additionally, we offer full and partial scholarships for international Animal Law LL.M. students. These scholarships are the linchpin of all that we do because the opportunity to study and obtain the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in animal law is out of reach for so many animal advocates, particularly international students. This critical academic opportunity has facilitated the reach of animal law around the globe, where it otherwise would not have developed due to lack of academic opportunity and funding. Through scholarships, we are able to educate foreign attorneys in the U.S. so that they can take the substantive legal knowledge and practical skills they learn during their time with us back to their home countries where they can use those tools for the benefit of the animals. These scholarships in Animal Law are not only life-changing for the individual scholarship recipients, but also transformative in helping to develop the field of animal law internationally. To date, we have welcomed 20 U.S. students, and 32 international students from (in alphabetical order) Australia, Bolivia, Chile, China, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. We remain the only school in the world to offer an Animal Law LL.M. Degree. 

Upon graduation, our Animal Law LL.M. alumni continue to thrive and do transformational work on behalf of animals. Many of our talented LL.M. alumni are making a difference for animals in their home countries in an array of areas, including: wildlife poaching, illegal wildlife trade, conservation, environmental sustainability, education, scholarship, and more. At CALS, we continue supporting their efforts by ensuring they are invited as speakers at global conferences, sponsoring their trainings, providing micro-grants, and assisting them to continue developing innovative approaches to assist animals in their home countries.