How to Start an Animal Law Class at Your School

The following are a few steps to starting an animal law course at your law school. Visit our website for a current list of schools with animal law courses.

  • Schedule a meeting with the Dean of Academic Affairs to determine requirements for adding a new course to the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with other students interested in animal law. Consider starting a SALDF chapter if there is not one at your school.
  • Sponsor student events to generate an interest in animal law.
  • Identify and discuss animal law with faculty and/or adjunct faculty members who have an interest in teaching such a course offering. Be prepared to suggest interested instructors to the law school administration.
  • Petition the law school administration to add animal law to the curriculum. This may include a formal proposal for the administration or submission of a student body petition. To obtain more information on proposal ideas, please contact Pamela Hart, director of the Animal Law Program, at pdhart@aldf.org.
  • View a sample petition (PDF)

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