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Animal Law Clinic: Advanced

Limit: 6 students

Part I of a year-long course

The Animal Law Clinic focuses on matters of national and international importance, in addition to maintaining connections and working in the local community. Students in the Animal Law Clinic conduct research, represent clients, and work on clinic projects to develop the field of animal law and encourage consideration of the interests of animals in legal decision making. Their work includes: research, transactional work, administrative and policy work as well as strategic planning.

Animal Law Clinic: Advanced is a semester-long course for which students will earn three credits. Students participate in a weekly two-hour class covering substantive issues and lawyering skills, meet weekly with clinic faculty to discuss their work, and spend an average of ten hours per week on clinic work.

Students must take Animal Law Fundamentals as a prerequisite for the Animal Law Clinic: Advanced and must also enroll in the Spring Animal Law Clinic: Advanced when it is offered in the same academic year.

There is no application process. Up to six students may enroll on a first-come, first-served basis.

Animal Law Clinic: Advanced is a credit/no credit course with no final examination or paper requirement. Depending on the work in the clinic, however, there is a possibility that a WIE paper can be completed. Professor consent is needed. In some semesters it is possible for students to do additional work for Individual Research credit that furthers their clinic work and meets the Capstone requirement. Professor consent is needed.

While the clinic will not include a separate ethics portion for credit, students will be exposed to, and learn about, professionalism and ethics critical to being an effective legal advocate.

For further information, contact Clinic Director, Kathy Hessler, at

Prerequisite: For J.D. students - Animal Law Fundamentals, Animal Law Clinic I & II