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Fall 2024 Clinic

Animal Law & Policy Clinic

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Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Animal Law and Policy Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: No.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 23, 2024.
LLM Students: LLM students may enroll in this clinic through Helios.
Placement Site: HLS.

The Animal Law & Policy Clinic works to advance the interests of animals through litigation, administrative rulemaking, policy initiatives, organizing, and other legal advocacy avenues. Students will gain direct experience with a broad range of federal statutes—such as the Endangered Species Act, the Animal Welfare Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act—and develop critically important strategic thinking and analytical skills. Clinic work typically includes a range of litigation-related opportunities, from client counseling and drafting of federal pleadings, to oral argument preparation. In addition, students may work on petitions for rulemaking and comment letters, as well as develop novel legal strategies to improve conditions for animals. Students will have significant responsibility over their projects, and will learn best practices of case management, including how to juggle multiple projects and how to work with co-counsel. The Clinic will focus on the following core areas: wildlife & biodiversity; captive animal welfare law; and farmed animal welfare.