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Center for Animal Law Studies

International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship



The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School is proud to announce the International Society for Animal Rights/Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship in partnership with the International Society for Animal Rights. This full-tuition LL.M. scholarship will offer a non-U.S. attorney the opportunity to earn the world’s only advanced degree in animal law.

Named in honor of animal rights pioneer Helen Jones, the scholarship will be awarded to an international attorney who demonstrates “a sincere commitment to addressing companion animal overpopulation, and the many issues that flow from overpopulation.”

“Controlling the overpopulation of dogs and cats represents one of the greatest moral challenges of our time,” said Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean of the Animal Law Program and Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies.

 “In the span of just six years, a single female dog or a single female cat can produce countless numbers of offspring. This global explosion results in a host of problems that companion animals do not deserve, including insufficient veterinary care, negligent and intentionally cruel treatment, and the systematic killing of hundreds of thousands of companion animals each year.”


Scholarship Requirements and Details:

*To be considered for the Scholarship - submit a completed LLM application.


The Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship is targeted at international law graduates who desire and agree to return to their home country to engage in full-time animal law-related work for at least one year; however, all interested international law graduates are encouraged to apply. Along with tuition, the scholarship covers housing, airfare, and a partial meal stipend.

  1. The successful applicant must demonstrate in his or her application materials a serious interest in working on companion animal (dog and cat) overpopulation issues upon graduation;
  2. The successful applicant must complete an interview with both a Lewis & Clark Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) representative and the donor, or donor-designee;
  3. The successful applicant must be a foreign (non-U.S. passport bearing) citizen who has already earned a first degree in law (J.D. or its foreign equivalent), demonstrates to the statisfaction of CALS faculty (through TOEFL socres and one-on-one interviews) fluency in written and spoken English, and is able to secure a U.S. student visa allowing him or her to study in the U.S. for at least one academic year;
  4. The successful applicant must agree to start the Animal Law LL.M. program at the beginning of the Fall Semester, and must be willing to arrive at least two weeks prior to the commencement of classes to receive instruction in the mandatory American Legal Process course;
  5. The successful applicant agrees that all employment and pro bono activities while in residence for the LL.M. degree shall be restricted to that which is available at Lewis & Clark Law School. This requirement may be modified or waived for compelling reasons as determined by the CALS Executive Director;
  6. The successful applicant will receive individual mentoring throughout the academic year from appropriate CALS faculty and staff.