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Center for Animal Law Studies

Kristine Bernhardt

LL.M. Candidate ’19

Kristine is a 2006 graduate from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences. After graduation, she moved from New Jersey to Las Vegas, NV, where she obtained an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and became involved with the local animal rescue community. In 2015, Kristine moved to Portland, OR to begin work on her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School.

During her time in law school, Kristine focused her studies on criminal and animal law. She also worked as a legal assistant and was a member of Lewis & Clark’s Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter. Upon graduation, she received, along with her Juris Doctor, certificates in both Criminal Law and Animal Law.

Kristine decided to continue her legal education by enrolling in the Animal Law LL.M. program. As an LL.M. student, she serves as Treasurer on the Lewis & Clark Animal Legal Defense Fund Board and as LL.M. Representative for the Student Bar Association. She also attended the 2018 Animal Law Conference and the 2018 National Animal Cruelty Prosecution Conference.

After graduation, Kristine plans to move back to Las Vegas where she will seek to obtain employment in a field that allows her to utilize her education in criminal and animal law. Additionally, Kristine hopes to get an animal law program started at Boyd Law School in Las Vegas and, eventually, start her own animal rescue.