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LLM in Animal Law

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The LLM in Animal Law degree program is designed for students who have already earned a law degree and wish to pursue intensive study and/or practical training in animal law and policy. Applications to Vermont Law and Graduate School's LLM in Animal Law program are open to anyone who has completed a Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA-accredited institution or the international first law degree equivalent.

Program Description

Our comprehensive curriculum, developed by faculty of VLGS's Animal Law and Policy Institute, includes residential and online courses, as well as the only farmed animal law clinic in the country. As a pioneer in the field of animal law, Vermont Law and Graduate School offers students a unique educational opportunity. Choosing from a wide range of animal law and policy courses, dozens of environmental law and policy courses, and more, LLM candidates each design a curriculum that matches their personal objectives.

Full-time LLM students ordinarily complete the degree requirements in 12 months. Residential students can begin their studies in either summer or fall semesters, online students can begin any term, and all can take up to five years from the date of matriculation to complete the degree.

At a Glance

Program Center: Animal Law and Policy Institute
Location: Online, on campus, or a hybrid of both
Credit Requirements: 30 credits


Vermont Law and Graduate School LLM graduates are the leaders, policymakers, and professionals our communities and our world most desperately need. Earning a LLM in Animal Law will prepare lawyers for careers advocating for animals in government, private practice, academia, non-profit organizations, and more.


In partnership with the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy, Inc. and Brooks McCormick Jr. Trust for Animal Rights Law and Policy, the Animal Law and Policy Institute (ALPI) at Vermont Law and Graduate School is pleased to offer up to three premier Animal Law and Policy LLM Fellowships. Click here for details and availability.