Law & Ethics of Animal Testing

Law & Ethics of Animal Testing - Professors Paul Locke and Rebecca Critser

  • Course Number: LAW-921-OL
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Note: JD students must obtain permission from Director Raj Reddy to register.

Employing the Canvas learning platform, this online course is delivered through an asynchronous online format. Featuring modules that open and close each week, this course affords students added flexibility when engaging with recorded lectures, readings, assignments, and one another and the course professor via discussion boards. Students will receive an email from the Animal Law Program Coordinator instructing them how to access the Canvas platform, which includes a Canvas orientation, and their course a few days before the course opens. Students who have not received instructions on how to access their Canvas platform 48 hours before the first day of class or those who register for the class within 48 hours of the first day of class should contact the Animal Law Program Coordinator, Danielle Lopez, at to request access. To learn more about the course and evaluation method, review the description below.

  • Description: Law & Ethics of Animal Testing explores the complex and oftentimes controversial regulatory and policy framework that governs the use of animals in scientific experiments in biomedical research and in toxicity testing. Students will learn first-hand about the latest regulatory and policy developments from experts who are at the forefront of this quickly evolving field. Whether you are new to the topic or a seasoned veteran, this dynamic and fast-paced course will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to become effective advocates, policy-makers, and analysts in this critically important area of law.
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Evaluation Method: Discussion board posts; multiple assignments; and final assignment.
  • Capstone: No
  • WIE: No

This course is open to Lewis & Clark law students, as well as visiting students and auditing students. Visiting students must check with their home schools to ensure the credits are transferable. Lewis & Clark is an ABA-accredited law school, and the credits from the distance learning courses may be eligible for transfer back law schools, depending on the rules of the school accepting the credits for transfer. All students should check with their home school as to the specific rules regarding transfer of credits. Lewis & Clark law students should review the school’s policy on distance learning credits.


Under ABA Standard 306(f),

  • A law school shall not enroll a student in courses qualifying for credit under this Standard until that student has completed instruction equivalent to 28 credit hours toward the JD degree.
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