6 Ways for New Graduates to Stay Involved in Animal Law

Posted on May 4, 2018

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Congratulations to law students graduating this semester! As you begin your career, you may be wondering how you can remain involved in the field of animal law. Here are six easy ways:

  1. Join Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Pro Bono Program and sign up as a volunteer attorney. Animal Legal Defense Fund offers new graduates a free one year attorney membership. Sign up now to receive a free gift! The support of attorneys nationwide is integral to helping us protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. We use volunteer attorneys to work on a variety of projects including research, writing, citation checking, filing amicus briefs, litigating cases, and assisting with public inquiries involving animals.
  2. Sign up for Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Law Professional eNewsletter. The Newsletter includes the latest animal law updates, events, webinars, and continuing education and employment opportunities. (To join, select “Law Professional Newsletter” on the sign up page.)
  3. If you are job hunting, make sure to check out our career advice for aspiring animal attorneys and our Employment and Fellowship pages, where we post open positions at the Animal Legal Defense Fund and job opportunities at various law firms and nonprofit organizations across the country.
  4. Get involved in your regional or state bar association’s animal law section or committee. If they don’t have one, start one! Contact us for information on how to start a section.
  5. Stay up to date on all the latest animal protection news and obtain your Continuing Legal Education credits with Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Academy. This includes both substantive and practical topics in animal law presented by experts in the field. The online series is an interactive, convenient, and free way to learn more about the rapidly developing field of animal law. You can also attend the annual Animal Law Conference, which is co-presented by Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, and the Lewis & Clark Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter.
  6. Stay in touch with your school’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter and serve as a mentor for students interested in animal law.

Good luck on the bar exam and in this next stage of your career!

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