Harvard Law School started an Animal Law & Policy Clinic for its September 2020 class. A fast growing area of legal interest, 167 law schools around the country now have animal rights classes, according to Harvard Law Today.

Faculty professor Kristen Stilt will lead the newly formed Animal Law & Policy Program, ” The Animal Law & Policy Clinic at HLS will train and prepare our graduates to embark on careers in the animal protection field, produce impactful litigation and policy analysis to benefit the animal protection movement, and provide an internationally renowned platform for educating the broader public about the many pressing issues involving animal law and policy.”

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Students will review and advocate under existing animal related laws including Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Animal Welfare Act, the Human Slaughter Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and more state animal cruelty codes.

Harvard Law School Dean John Manning said of the new clinic, ” Animal law is a vitally important and rapidly growing field. Our new Animal Law & Policy Clinic will  give students real-world experience in this burgeoning field, build on Harvard Law School’s long tradition of innovative pedagogy, and prepare future graduates to address significant societal challenges. I am delighted to welcome Katherine Meyer to the Harvard Law School community and congratulate her, Kristen Stilt, and Nicole Negowetti on the launch of this terrific initiative.”

A growing area of public interest law, animal rights touch other areas of public interest concern and involve environmental protection, labor rights, human rights and social justice issues.

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