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Scholarships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund offers scholarships to law students studying in the field of animal law.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund works closely with law students and law professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law. Our work with students seeks to engage students while they are still in law school in animal law and the work of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and to support students as they get a legal education they can use to advocate for animals in the legal system in the future. Scholarships are a significant aspect of our student support. The scholarships help students advance the field of animal law while in law school and after graduation. The scholarships are also critical to ensure that animal law across the country is being represented by more diverse voices – building a more inclusive movement that benefits the well-being of animals. The secondary goal of the scholarships is to benefit law students and to support their ongoing engagement in animal law leadership.

Scholarships provided by the Animal Legal Defense Fund include:

The Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

The Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapters. Applicants must be committed to the advancement of animal law through active involvement with their student chapter while in law school and anticipated participation in the field after graduation. This scholarship is for one year only and range from $2,500 to $5,000.

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Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships

Advancement of Animal Law Scholarships are available to law student members of our student chapters and are awarded based upon demonstrated commitment to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission.

Diversity Scholarship Program

These Animal Legal Defense Fund scholarships work in conjunction with an Historically Black College or University to provide a $25,000 scholarship and a paid clerkship position at the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The goal of these scholarships is to reduce the financial burden of law school, offer exposure to animal law issues, and to ensure more diverse voices are being represented within the field of animal law. These scholarships are currently being offered at Howard University School of Law and North Carolina Central University School of Law

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The $25,000 scholarship is available to a second-year law student at the University, and includes a clerkship with the nonprofit
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The $25,000 scholarship is available to a second-year law student at the University, and includes a clerkship with the nonprofit

Tribal Member Scholarship

The goal of this scholarship is to reduce the financial burden of law school, offer exposure to animal law issues, and to ensure more diverse voices are being represented within the field of animal law. This scholarship is awarded to a member of a federally recognized tribe who is enrolled in any U.S. law school. 

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The $25,000 scholarship is available to an enrolled member of a U.S. federally recognized tribe who is enrolled in any U.S. law school, and includes a clerkship with the nonprofit.

Center for Animal Law Studies Summer School Scholarships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering 10 scholarships for law students to take summer Animal Law courses through the Lewis & Clark Law School Center for Animal Law Studies. These scholarships will provide opportunities for students from other law schools to take advantage of the advanced Animal Law courses offered by Lewis & Clark Law School. 2021 scholarships will cover the full tuition of a 2-credit course.

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