Animal Law Litigation Clinic I
Summer 2021: This course will be offered as a one-semester, 3-credit option with enrollment limited to 4 students. Students will work for the ALLC for 32 hours per week, typically Monday through Thursday. During these hours, the interns and clinical professor also meet for seminars. Otherwise, the below course description generally applies.
Animal Law Litigation Clinic I - Professor Delci Winders
- Course Number: LAW-768
- Course Type: Highly Specialized & Experiential
- Credits: 3
- Enrollment Limit: 6 (4 in Summer)
Under the supervision of the clinical professor, students develop and litigate cases to establish and expand legal protections and legal rights for animals, with an emphasis on cases furthering the interests of farmed animals. Depending on the procedural posture of the clinic’s cases, work may include interviewing potential clients/client representatives, drafting complaints, briefing and arguing dispositive motions, and drafting and responding to discovery requests, taking or defending depositions, pre-trial motion practice, participating in all aspects of trial, post-trial briefing, etc. The clinic’s docket is balanced to provide students with opportunities to participate in as many aspects of litigation as possible..
Except in special circumstances, this is a full year course (three credits per semester). Students must take Animal Law Fundamentals as a prerequisite for the Animal Law Litigation Clinic and must enroll in both sections: Animal Law Litigation Clinic I and II.
Each week, students are expected to attend and participate in a 2-hour classroom component, meet with a supervising attorney, and work an average of 10 hours outside of class on cases as assigned. Students learn basic animal law jurisprudence, Bluebook citation, and trial and (when appropriate) appellate level animal law practice, including effective motion practice and general practice skills. Students also benefit from guest lectures by national animal law litigation experts and allied professionals, such as veterinarians and behaviorists. Class attendance is mandatory.
The Animal Law Litigation Clinic is a credit/no credit course with no final examination or paper requirement. In some semesters, with Professor consent, it is possible for students to do additional work for individual research credit that furthers their clinic work and meets the Capstone requirement. The clinic does not include a separate ethics portion for credit, but students will be exposed to, and learn about, professionalism and ethics critical to being an effective litigator.
- Prerequisite: Animals in the Law
- Evaluation Method: Credit/no credit based on written work completed in the course
- Capstone: no
- WIE: yes, under normal circumstances