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Animals in the Law

Animals in the Law - Professor David B. Rosengard

  • Course Number: LAW-449
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: Animals and the legal implications of their unique nature are present throughout the law. As such, this course takes a horizontal approach to exploring animal law: moving through each of the legal field’s classic practice areas, identifying and discussing key animal law concepts in each. In this manner, students will be provided with a comprehensive introduction to animal law as a field within the United States’ legal community, methods of integrating animal law into other areas of legal practice and analysis, and a broad foundation upon which to build deeper animal law study, should they so choose.


    Along the way, students can expect to explore areas including legal history, common law, statutory law, constitutional law, administrative law, torts, contracts, family law, and criminal law, at state and federal levels. In doing so, the course will illuminate the ways that animals are positioned within the legal system, and highlight key developments in the field of modern animal law.

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Participation, short assignments, final paper or final exam
  • Capstone: No
  • WIE: No