Career Advice for Aspiring Animal Attorneys
Do you want to work for the animals? Are you interested in obtaining a job as an animal lawyer? Check out our many resources on this subject:
- ALDF’s Opportunities in Animal Law booklet gives a great overview of how law professionals can get involved in animal law.
- For advice straight from animal lawyers, check out this Q&A with an ALDF Staff Attorney, So You Wanna Be an Animal Lawyer?, and Joyce Tischler’s article, Making Animal Law Your Career.
- For more ideas and advice, see our two rotating features:
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund: Where Are They Now? is a series of updates about law graduates who are helping animals through the legal system.
- Animal Legal Defense Fund Attorney & Paralegal Spotlights are profiles of law professionals who are winning the case against cruelty through our pro bono program.
- If you’re interested in opening your own private practice and incorporating animal law, read Pamela Hart’s article, Animal Law and Your Practice.
- Check out this advice from Lewis and Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies Career Center.
- Every year the Animal Law Conference has a career panel where attendees can ask questions of those currently working in the field about how to get a job in animal law. Watch this video from the 2014 conference panel, How Can I Get a Job Advocating for Animals?, and get advice from the experts!
- Another helpful resource is the American Bar Association’s 2013 book: Careers in Animal Law: Welfare, Protection, and Advocacy
- Also make sure to check out ALDF’s Employment and Clerkships, Internships & Fellowships Listings for current employment opportunities at various law firms and non-profit organizations across the country.
- Wherever you end up working, use your law degree to help animals by joining the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Law Program and signing up for our Volunteer Attorney Network. We use volunteer attorneys to work on a variety of projects including research and citation checking, writing legal information guides, filing amicus briefs, litigating cases, and assisting prosecutors with animal cruelty cases. The amount of work the Animal Legal Defense Fund does would not be possible without pro bono assistance!
- If you’d like advice on generally working within the animal protection movement, check out Our Hen House’s 14 Tips On Getting a Job in Animal Rights and Care2’s How to Turn Your Love for Animals Into a Full-Time Job.