With This Law School Class Ring, I Thee Wed…ALDF’s Animal Law Program

Posted by Tom Linney, Pro Bono Coordinator on May 24, 2010

It’s that time of year again – suits and sun dresses, long ceremonies, gowns, decorated cars, bright flowers, people squinting in the sun as they pose for pictures, a fancy dinner and party with family members you haven’t seen in ages, proud parents, blow horns (I hope you’ve stopped thinking this blog might be about weddings) – that’s right, graduations. It’s the final ceremony that tops off many years of intense studying, stressing, schmoozing, snacking, sucking up (you know who you are) and other words that start with the letter ‘s’.

Many law students went to law school with the intention of going into corporate law, practicing family or immigration law, working abroad at an international firm, working with Brangelina or Kobe Bryant as the next great agent, or protecting the environment. Some stuck to their interests; others discovered they were bored to tears with them. Some students came to law school with the sole intention of learning how to use the law to help animals; many others found out that possibility existed along the way. Of course, despite all of the growth in the field of animal law, the reality is that there are less full-time animal protection attorney positions than there are qualified people.

So you’re one of these really smart, dedicated animal lovers that are graduating from law school and moving on to the next chapter. Odds are you’ll be working in a field other than animal law. Never fret; there are still plenty of opportunities available for you. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering new law school graduates free attorney memberships in ALDF’s Animal Law Program for one year. We really hope you will join our pro bono attorney network!

Looking for even more ways to help animals? Visit “How Legal Professionals Can Get Involved in Animal Law” for a few ideas. Perhaps you’ll end up like Nicole Roth, one of our many great pro bono attorney members, who was heavily involved in a Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter while in law school, graduated, began working for a law firm and helping ALDF at the same time, and was subsequently honored with an Attorney Spotlight and a Future of Animal Law Achievement Award.

So if you tripped as you walked across the stage to get your diploma, consider this your chance at a fresh start. Aristotle said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Congratulations to our SALDF members and all graduating law students this year! We hope it’s just the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship – get it? Fruit. Okay, bad joke. Congrats!