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How Legal Professionals Can Get Involved in Animal Law

Animal Legal Defense Fund

While there has been extraordinary growth in this area, full-time animal law jobs are still relatively limited. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make significant contributions to this field by either working as a volunteer for an organization or doing pro bono work at a firm. Below are suggestions for getting involved as a volunteer.

Additionally, doing pro bono work at a law firm is how many attorneys are able to contribute to the field of animal law. Below are suggestions for persuading a firm to allow pro bono animal law related opportunities:

  • Let the firm know of your interest in animal law early on.
  • Be prepared to show that animal law is a recognized area of the law. This can be done by showing that over 150 law schools in the U.S. and Canada offer an animal law course.
  • Include information on other law firms that are currently doing animal law pro bono work. Check out the Animal Legal Defense Fund Attorney Member Spotlights to see what pro bono work other attorneys and firms have done recently.
  • Highlight the fact that because animal law is an emerging field, there is an opportunity to set new legal precedent.

Questions? Contact the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Pro Bono Program at ProBono@aldf.org.


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