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Center for Animal Law Studies

Aquatic Animal Law (927)

January 13, 2020

  • Professor Kathy Hessler

Professor Kathy Hessler
2 credits
June 16 - 26, 2020
LiveChats online, weekdays, 1:30 - 3:00pm PDT
entirely ONLINE

The Aquatic Animal Law course is an online summer course. It will present an overview of the laws and regulations affecting aquatic animals as well as analysis of areas needing regulation. The course will consider federal law (including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Animal Welfare Act, Endangered Species Act) as well as state anti-cruelty laws and some local ordinances (including those related to zoning, breeding, transportation, and display). It will also include examination of the scientific underpinnings of legal decision-making with regard to aquatic species. The course will look at the application of law, or lack thereof, in contexts including: agriculture, research, entertainment, and companion animals. The course will also briefly review some international laws and treaties.

As an online offering, the course will consist of a combination of pre-recorded lectures, live lectures, in-class assignments and discussion. Students will be graded based on participation, papers, and exercises. The course fulfills the WIE requirement and is a Highly Specialized course. It is preferred, but not required, that students have already taken Animal Law Fundamentals.

The second, optional, component of the course is not being offered in the summer of 2020. It would provide an additional 2 credits and is experiential in nature. This part of the course would consist of lectures and field trips to meet with government officials, regulators, tribal officials, scientists, and others who have an impact on the regulation of aquatic animals. If possible, this component could include time on a boat visiting sites where aquatic animals live and are impacted by regulation. This component would also include guest lectures from experts from the legal and other relevant fields. The experiential component may not be offered each summer, and is subject to sufficient student interest and payment for additional costs of the field component.

This course is conducted entirely online. The course will consist of a combination of live online chats with Professor Hessler, prerecorded lectures accessible online, readings posted on our online platform, and assigned course work. The assigned reading and lectures will be released, based on the content, over the course of the two weeks. In addition, all students will be required to participate in all online LiveChats, held June (dates TBD), weekdays, from 1:30pm - 3:00pm PST.

In this course, you will receive direct faculty instruction through LiveChats, webcasts, podcasts, prerecorded video, and online discussion.


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.

Note: per the ABA Standard 306-f, a student may not enroll in any distance education course before completing 28 credit hours toward his/her JD degree.

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