Scholarships, Grants, Clerkships and other Great Opportunities for Law Students

Posted by Pamela Hart, Director of ALDF's Animal Law Program on September 19, 2012

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It’s that time of year again, when students hunker down for the beginning of the academic school year. Whether you are a first year law student or seasoned veteran, there are many exciting opportunities and resources for those interested in getting more involved in animal law! The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system, and law students are essential for ALDF to achieve this mission.

As the next generation of lawyers, they will be in a position to effect change and impact the lives of animals. That is why ALDF is proud to mentor and provide essential experiences to law students while they are school. There are many ways to get to advocate for animals while in law school. For starters, if there isn’t a Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) Chapter at your law school, be the first to start one and bring animal law to your school. If there is already an established chapter at your school, became a member and get involved. There are fantastic opportunities for our SALDF members. Just this week, ALDF announced our 2012 fall scholarship opportunities. The ALDF Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our student chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to ALDF’s mission. Scholarships range from $2,500-$5,000. The deadline for applications is October 15, so don’t delay!

Additionally, through ALDF’s student chapter grants program, established SALDF chapters can apply for funding from ALDF to support student chapter projects, including travel to animal law conferences and competitions. To learn more about these exciting projects, campaigns and initiatives, check out our Chapter Spotlight Series, which features the many ways SALDF chapters advocate on behalf of animals and raise awareness about animal protection issues.

For those law students who are interested in animal law clerkship opportunities, during the academic year and summer, qualifying law students are given the opportunity to learn more about animal law by participating in the ALDF Clerkship Program. There are limitless ways law students can get involved and partner with ALDF to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

It is an exciting time to be a law student. There is so much that needs to be done to alleviate animal suffering and abuse. Law students are in a unique position to leverage their legal education and skills to effect great change for animals.

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