There are 167 law schools in the U.S. and Canada, and 11 in Australia and New Zealand, that have offered a course in animal law. Interested in starting an animal law class at your school? Learn how!

Note: We update this list regularly, but academic schedules change yearly and some courses may no longer be offered. For updated information on a specific course below, please contact the referenced law school directly.

Courses in the U.S.

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  • Quinnipiac University (North Haven)
    Animal Law (LAWS 253)
  • Univeristy of Connecticut (Hartford)
    Clinic: Animal Law (LAW7384)
  • University of Connecticut (Hartford)
    Faculty Directed Reading Seminar: Animal Welfare and Human Self Interest: The case of Pandemics
  • Yale University (New Haven)
    Advanced Climate, Animals, Food, and Environmnet Law and Policy Lab (30242)
    Animal Law (20054)
    Climate, Animals, Food, and Environmnet Law and Policy Lab
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  • Lewis & Clark Law School (Portland)
    Advanced Animal Law (549)
    Animal Law Clinic I (788)
    Animal Law Clinic: Advanced (790)
    Animal Law Fundamentals
    Animal Law Legislation & Lobbying
    Animal Law Legislation: Practicum
    Animal Law Litigation (924 A)
    Animal Law Litigation Clinic I & II (768 & 769)
    Animal Law Litigation: Leg & Policy
    Animal Law LLM Seminar I & II (605 & 606)
    Animal Legal Philosophy (303)
    Animal Rights Law and Jurisprudence (407)
    Aquatic Animal Law (927)
    Companion Animal Law (446)
    Crimes Against Animals (459)
    Food Law (415)
    Industrial Animal Agriculture (451)
    International Animal and Environmental Law Clinic (754)
    International Animal Law (409)
    International Wildlife Law
    International Wildlife Law Clinic
    Law & Ethics of Animal Testing (921)
    Legal Research: Animal Law (593)
    Nonprofit Animal Law (442)
    Wildlife Law (436)
  • Willamette University (Salem)
    Animal Law (Law 263)
    Endangered Species Act (Law 277)
    Willdife Law (Law 375)
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  • Vermont Law School (Royalton)
    Animal Law and Ethics (JUR7333)
    Animal Rights Jurisprudence (ENV5406)
    Animal Welfare Law (ENV 5422)
    The Law of Animals in Agriculture (ENV 5408)
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How We Work


  • Court Allows Lawsuit Against FDA to Proceed

    The United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled in favor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and its co-plaintiffs, denying an attempt by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to dismiss a lawsuit against the agency.
    February 23, 2021 Press Release
  • Courtroom Animal Advocate Program Bill Passes New Jersey Senate

    A Courtroom Animal Advocate Program (CAAP) bill, S.2868/A.4533, which would allow law students and volunteer lawyers to advocate for animal victims in cruelty criminal cases, unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate. The bill is sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and endorsed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
    February 19, 2021 Press Release
  • State Animal Protection Laws Ranked: Maine is #1, New Mexico #50

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has released the 15th annual year-end U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings Report (2020), ranking the animal protection laws of all 50 states.  
    February 17, 2021 Press Release