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Center for Animal Law Studies

Animal Law: Policy Influences Through Legislation, Lobbying, and Litigation (448)

May 06, 2015

2 credits
*Usually offered in the summer

Expose yourself to the daily forums, the procedures, and the unique challenges for animal law practitioners in the nation’s capitol; reinforce critical concepts for informed advocacy; and get hands on experience to prepare your-self to engage in the political, legislative, and litigation work for animals.

This class is a practical survey of lobbying and litigation on behalf of animals at the local, state, federal, and international level. Topics include the historical status of animals in the law; legislative drafting and lobbying; application and enforcement of federal statutes such as the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Slaughter Act, the Wild Horses and Burros Act, the Animal Damage Control Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Endangered Species Act; international legal protections, free trade issues, and comparative animal protection laws; state laws concerning animal cruelty, hunting, animal fighting, and performing animals; free speech, religion, and other constitutional limitations on animal protection statutes; citizen initiatives and referenda; and the movement to obtain legal recognition of the rights of animals.

Quotes from previous summer students:

“This class provided an amazing opportunity to obtain real world experience of every phase of the lobbying process. It was very evident that the professor was extremely invested in the substance of the class and put a great deal of effort into the material and presentation of [the] content.”

“Superb class – highly recommended!”

“I actually learned extremely useful, practical and real world information…”

“I appreciate the excellent speakers and opportunities our class had to visit capital hill. This was truly a life changing experience!”


For more information:

Lindsay Kadish