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Advanced Animal Law

  • Typically offered every other year

The field of animal law has grown rapidly in recent years and has become increasingly more interdisciplinary in scope and content. Whether it be anti-cruelty statutes, civil litigation, constitutional questions relating to standing, comparative international law, farm animal issues or property law, the ability to understand and apply animal law concepts is becoming more and more important. Throughout the semester, therefore, we will explore the latest cases, legislation, and legal theories developing in animal law and address how they intersect with other areas of legal academic study and practice. The seminar will be structured so that students have the opportunity to discuss and learn about these newer developments.

Students will help lead classroom discussion and, individually, are required to complete a research paper and make an oral presentation on an emerging topic in animal law to be mutually agreed upon with the instructor. This paper will satisfy the WIE requirement or, with approval from the instructor, the Capstone requirement. Successful completion of Animal Law Fundamentals is required.