Getting Animal Law On Law School Curricula
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Lukas Jasiunas, faunalytics
April 2018

An exploration of different ways that animal law subjects can be included in law school curricula, and work towards the requirements of a degree.

Animal law is a burgeoning field of legal practice and study, but itís still has a long way to go. Some states in the U.S. have strong laws protecting animals and others donít, and many legal educators have experienced some institutional obstacles when trying to secure regular animal law courses at their schools. On an educational level, challenges include: poor student demand due to undesirable class scheduling by course administrators; the resources of employed academics being demanded in other subjects; and a range of general institutional resistances. The latter ranged from comments or jokes from colleagues trying to undermine the legitimacy of the subject, to firmer collective opposition to the subject being taught at all.

The aim of this review on animal law courses and initiatives was to spark creativity regarding curriculum options for upcoming animal law courses.The review, based in Australia, includes a short overview of institutional resistance to the animal law topic, a call for strategic acting to get such courses up and running, and suggestions of what content and relevant reading materials should be included, as well as what skills could be developed as a result of taking such a course. According to the researcher, such units need to align the subject with the schoolís existing teaching and research styles in order to be appealing for the institution.

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