January 18, 2024

In-Person Advanced Degree Application Window Closes Soon!

Join the next generation of animal advocates by pursuing one of our advanced degrees. Apply by February 1st for Fall 2024.

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School is the global leader in animal law education. February 1st is the deadline to apply for the Fall 2024 semester for in-person study at our beautiful campus in Portland, Oregon, for our three advanced degree programs – Animal Law LLM (for lawyers), Master of Studies in Animal Law (MSL) (for non-lawyers), and Doctor of Juridical Science in Animal Law (SJD). To learn more about each degree option and to apply, please read below. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship support!

Animal Law LLM 

Our post-JD or post-LLB master of laws Animal Law LLM is designed for U.S. and international law school graduates who want to focus on animal law in practice, teaching, research, or public policy. Our Alumni-in-Action are working to protect animals and doing so in an array of settings. Be sure to check out our premier Brooks Fellowships which provide a full-tuition scholarship and generous living stipend, as well as the opportunity to engage in for-credit fellowship work. Click here to apply!


Animal Law MSL 

Non-lawyers have an important role to play in advancing protections for animals. Our Animal Law MSL degree is for both U.S. and international students with a Bachelor’s degree who want to focus on animal law in advocacy, academia, research, public policy, and more. We welcomed our first cohort of MSL students in Fall 2022. Learn more about the numerous ways in which a MSL degree can help your career in animal protection. Click here to apply!


Animal Law SJD

The equivalent of a PhD in legal education, our Animal Law SJD degree is designed to equip LLM degree holders with the advanced research skills, program structure, academic, and experiential opportunities necessary to become the next thought-leaders, educators, and scholars who will shape animal law and public policy. Learn more about our newly launched Animal Law SJD Program. Click here to apply!


The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) was founded in 2008 with a mission to educate the next generation of animal law advocates and advance animal protection through the law. With vision and bold risk-taking, CALS has since developed into a world-renowned animal law epicenter. CALS’ Alumni-in-Action from over 25 countries are making a difference for animals around the world. CALS is a nonprofit organization funded through donations and grants.