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Registration for VLS' summer animal law courses is now open!

Vermont Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Institute trains future leaders in animal advocacy while centering animals in the fight for environmental protection.

Students, staff, and faculty in the Animal Law and Policy Institute advance animal advocacy through legal education and training, scholarship, and policy development. Engaging with policymakers, journalists, advocacy organizations, and communities, the institute serves as a resource hub for animal law and policy issues. It also collaborates closely with Vermont Law School’s leading environmental law, food and agriculture, and environmental justice programs, encouraging the wider legal community to expand protections for all animals, in addition to the people and ecosystems in the environment that we share.

The Animal Law and Policy Institute is dedicated to supporting aspiring advocates through rigorous coursework, supportive mentorships with experienced animal law attorneys, and providing real-world trainings.

The institute was launched with the support of the Animal Welfare Trust, the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy, GRACE Communications Foundation, and Greenbaum Foundation. It is directed by Associate Professor of Law Delcianna Winders, a renowned animal law expert and advocate with a wealth of experience in a range of high-profile cases and issues.

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Meet Our Team
Meet the Animal Law and Policy Institute's team of animal law experts and advocates. 
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Learn more about VLS's animal law courses and JD concentration.
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Careers in Animal Law
Explore career paths in animal law and policy.