Farmed Animal Protection Project I

Farmed Animal Protection Project I - Professor Russ Mead

  • Course Number: LAW-798
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized and Experiential
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: 20
  • Description: The Farmed Animal Protection Project concentrates on farm animal protection and lawyering skills used by farm animal protection legal advocates. The project has an in-class component as well as an out-of-class individual project.

    In-class exercises teach farm animal protection legal strategies and lawyering skills helpful to lawyers working in farm animal protection. Each week, the class explores an emerging farm animal protection topic or a farm animal law lawyering skill.

    Students create an individual project in the field of farm animal protection law. These projects prepare students to work as lawyers for animal nonprofits and NGO’s. The projects also benefit lawyer and non-lawyer advocates currently working in farm animal protection. Students are expected to spend 10 hours a week on these projects.

    Examples of Farm Animal Protection Projects:

    • Writing amicus briefs on a significant piece of pending farm animal protection litigation.

    • Creating white papers on rapidly developing farm animal protection issues.

    • Filing Freedom of Information Act requests and publishing the results to aid the farm animal protection movement.

    • Drafting new domestic and international farm animal protection legislation.

    • Creating a new curriculum for farm animal protection animal law courses around the globe.

    • There will also be an option for students to create a farm animal protection nonprofit as part of this class.

    Project structure: Non-clinic experiential.

    As a non-clinical experiential course, the project does not have clients. This structure gives the project academic freedom and allows the fruits of the project to be shared with the world at large. All final writings of the individual projects are freely available to the world under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike International License. Legal scholars and farm animal advocates worldwide are encouraged to use and expand on the work of the Farm Animal Protection Project.

  • Prerequisite or Corequisite: Animals in the Law
  • Evaluation Method: Credit/No Credit based on an individual project, performance on in-class exercises, and attendance.
  • Capstone: No, under normal circumstances. A project can qualify for capstone credit with advanced permission.
  • WIE: Yes, under normal circumstances.
  • Course length: Students must also enroll in Farmed Animal Protection Project II when it is offered in the same academic year. There is no application process.