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

Vermont Law and Graduate School's Animal Law and Policy Institute trains tomorrow's animal advocacy leaders to advance animals' legal status through education, scholarship, policy development, community engagement, and litigation. Engaging with advocacy organizations, communities, journalists, and policymakers, the Institute serves as a resource hub for animal law and policy issues.

The Animal Law and Policy Institute is dedicated to supporting aspiring animal advocates through rigorous coursework in law and master's degrees, rewarding mentorships, and real-world trainings and experiences. We collaborate closely with the Animal Law Society student group and the school's other leading programs--including environmental law and policy, agriculture and food, and restorative justice--recognizing the interconnections between justice movements, animals, humans, and the environment. 

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Meet the ALPI Team
Meet our team of animal law and policy scholars and experts. 
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Courses and Degrees
Learn more about VLGS's animal law and policy courses and degrees.
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Explore career paths in animal law and policy with new opportunities posted each month.
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Animal Law Blog
Keep up to date on VLGS animal law and policy news, events, opportunities, and announcements! 
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Farmed Animal Advocacy Clinic
Students gain real-world skills while working with lawyers and advocacy organizations to advance protections for animals.  
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Animal Law Scholars and Media Fellows
Meet our past summer scholars and media fellows, and learn how to apply.
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Online Hybrid JD
The Online Hybrid JD makes it easier for working professionals to earn their law degree.
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Master's of Animal Protection Policy
Earn a MAPP degree while gaining real-world skills to help advocate for animals.
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Animal Law LLM
Advance your career with an Animal Law LLM with the help of a fellowship.