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Concentration in Animal Law

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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. 

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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) 
  • ENV5307 Animals and the Law (3) 
  • ENV5336 Climate Change, Extinction & Adaptation (3) 
  • ENV5380 Food Regulation and Policy (3) 
  • ENV5408 The Law of Animals in Agriculture (3) 
  • ENV5411 Federal Regulation of Food and Agriculture (3) 
  • ENV5422 Animal Welfare Law (2) 
  • ENV5423 Ocean and Coastal Law (3) 
  • ENV5902 Constitutional Animal Law (SPTC Fall, 2021) (2)
  • JUR7333 Animal Law and Ethics (3) 

Experiential/Writing – Minimum of 1 credit

  • Advanced Writing Requirement on an animal law topic (JD students only) 
  • Independent Research Project on an animal law topic 
  • LLM thesis or research project on an animal law topic 
  • Masters or JD externship on an animal law topic 
  • Environmental Justice Clinic working on an animal law topic 
  • Food and Agriculture Clinic working on an animal law topic 
  • Environmental Advocacy Clinic working on an animal law topic 
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