Animal Law Program

ALDF’s Animal Law Program works closely with law students and law professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. Moving toward the day when animal law is part of the curriculum at each and every law school, the Animal Law Program collaborates with students, faculty, and school administrations to facilitate the development of animal law courses and assists students in forming Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters. Visit our website dedicated to SALDF chapters, or signup to join as an attorney member today!

The Animal Law Program also assists bar association members interested in forming animal law bar sections or committees and partners with pro bono coordinators interested in developing animal law volunteer opportunities at their firms. Furthermore, we provide legal professionals with access to ALDF’s resources and expertise, including model laws, pleadings and briefs, ­and current animal protection laws.

In 2008, ALDF launched the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Lewis & Clark Law School. As an academic and practical forum for the burgeoning field of animal law, the Center for Animal Law Studies provides essential programs and services for law students under the guidance of experienced animal law professors and ALDF attorneys.

What is “Animal Law”?

Animal law is a combination of statutory and case law in which the nature—legal, social or biological—of nonhuman animals is an important factor. It encompasses companion animalswildlife, and animals used in entertainmentresearch, and raised for food. It permeates and affects most traditional areas of the law—including tort, contract, criminal, trust/estates, family, environmental, administrative, and constitutional law.

Currently, animal law is taught at some of the most reputable and respected law schools in the country—including highly ranked schools such as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Northwestern, University of Michigan and Duke.

Questions? Contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Program at


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