Animal Law Clinic
This clinic will provide students the opportunity to work on a variety of legal matters related to animals and include both classroom and outplacement field work components. Students will be expected to complete a minimum of sixty hours of outplacement work under the supervision of practicing attorneys over the course of the semester. Placements may be with local attorneys in private practice (handling veterinary malpractice cases, for example), local district attorneys' offices (working on cruelty prosecutions), or national animal advocacy organizations (such as the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). In preparation for their placements, students
will be taught relevant areas of substantive law and trained in practical skills appropriate to their likely placements. Guest lecturers will also be invited to talk to the students about practicing in the field of animal law. In addition to attending class and performing their clinical work, students will be expected to keep a detailed journal about their outplacement work or write a paper on an animal law topic. Students' grades will be based on (1) the quality of their clinical work (assessed in consultation with the outplacement supervisor and including an independent review of any written work product); (2) the quality of their detailed journal or paper; and (3) their attendance at, and
participation in, class sessions, including the quality of their presentation(s). Preference will be given to students who have taken Animal Law.
Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.