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The environmental community has resisted embracing animal protection and the humane treatment of animals as a central priority. As it becomes increasingly clear that animal agriculture and meat consumption are extremely significant factors in climate change, however—and that wildlife habitat destruction is a causal factor in global pandemics—it is even more important that the environmental and animal protection movements mend fences.
Students who successfully complete this concentration will be able to show prospective employers that the law school formally recognizes their concentrated course of study in animal law. In addition, this concentration will highlight for prospective students the array of classes and experiential opportunities that VLS offers in the field of animal law.
Meet some of the VLS Animal Law Administration
The concentration requires a minimum of 14 credits of coursework in the area of animal law. Students are required to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses counted towards the concentration in animal law.
Required Courses – At least one of the following
ENV5307 Animals and the Law (3 credits)
ENV5422 Animal Welfare Law (2)
JUR7333 Animal Law and Ethics (3)
Electives – Minimum of 6 credits
ENV5108 Intro to Law and Policy of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (3)