The world’s first advanced legal degree programs in animal law are now fully online
The world’s only advanced legal degree programs in animal law are now fully online
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note that the information on this page is specific to our online Animal Law LLM Program. For frequently asked questions regarding our in-person Program, go here.
Applying & Admissions to the online Animal Law LLM program
Domestic: All applicants must have earned a JD from a U.S. institution by the beginning of the academic term they will start taking courses. They need not be barred in any jurisdiction.
International: By the start of the term they will begin taking courses, all applicants must have graduated with a law degree that would qualify them to take the professional examination to become a lawyer or judge in the country in which they earned the degree. To see the full list of qualifying degrees, go here. The applicant need not be practicing.
Please see our LLM admissions page for details. Please note that applicants must bear a degree that allows them to practice law in their home country by the start of the online Animal Law LLM program.
In order to be successful in our program, students must have excellent English comprehension and writing skills. Like most U.S. law schools, our program requires extensive reading and writing on a daily basis. Applicants can meet the English proficiency in one of two ways:
1) if English was the primary language of their legal education and the official language of the country in which the university is located or if the university is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency; or
2) if English was the primary language of their legal education and if their university is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency;
3) a minimum IETLS score of 8; or
4) a minimum required IETLS score (8) or internet-based TOEFL score (100).
Interviews are generally not required but may be requested by the Program Director to gather more information about an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus at any time to meet with faculty and staff. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting. For those who cannot visit, our Admissions Office has created a virtual tour to give you a feel for the campus.
The number of students admitted to the program varies by application cycle. In general, the program admits approximately 15-20 students per application cycle. Application is competitive.
Applicants will receive an admission decision within approximately two weeks after the application deadline. Please see our LLM admissions page for application deadlines.
Program Costs & Scholarship Opportunities
Up-to-date tuition & additional cost information can be found on the Law School Tuition and Fees page. The full program is 26 credits. Please note that tuition increases every academic year by approximately 4%. New rates go into effect at the start of each Summer. As such, students in the online Program should expect a tuition rate increase at least once during their time in the Program.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for financial aid awards provided through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
All eligible students should submit the FAFSA anytime after October 1 of the year before they intend to start law school. Having a FAFSA on file ensures eligible students access to low-interest federal loans and the federal work-study program. Loan amounts are determined by the Office of Financial Aid using the information you provide in the FAFSA form.
Although no financial aid award will be made until after a student is admitted, we strongly recommend filing a FAFSA at the same time as you apply for admission.
To learn more about the FAFSA and how to file, visit our Tuition & Financial Aid department page here.
Students take courses during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
International students normally take two 3-credit courses per term over four terms. In addition, international students must take a 2-credit Introduction to U.S. Legal Studies course during their first term in the program.
U.S. students normally take two 3-credit courses per term over four terms. In addition, U.S. students take an additional 1-credit Emerging Topics course twice during their time in the program.
The online Animal Law LLM program is offered in a 100% asynchronous format. This means students watch recorded lectures and participate with the professor and other students via discussion boards. While courses will often feature weekly readings, engagements, and assignments, students generally complete these at their own pace. There are no required virtual synchronous meetings via Zoom or otherwise. If a course includes a synchronous meeting, it will be optional.
The online program’s asynchronous structure ensures that working professionals and international students will be able to fully participate in the program offerings.
- Animal Law Fundamentals (3)
- Industrial Animal Agriculture Law (3)
- Introduction to US Legal Studies (2) (International students only)
- Emerging Topics in Animal Law (1) (Taken twice by U.S. students only).
- Companion Animal Law (3)
- Crimes Against Animals (3)
- International Animal Law (3)
- Aquatic Animal Law (3)
- Food Law (3)
- Animal Law Trial Advocacy (3)
- Nonprofit Animal Law (3)
- Aquatic Animal Law (3)
- The Law & Ethics of Animal Testing (3)
- Global Wild Animal Law (3)
The online Animal Law program courses are generally structured as weekly “modules.” A module will open on a specific day of the week (e.g., Sunday night) and students have access to that module’s readings (20-30 pages) and lecture(s) (~30-60 mins). Usually, readings should be completed before watching the module’s lectures. Some classes may have a reading quiz to ensure students are keeping up with course requirements, which is otherwise difficult to track in an asynchronous environment. Finally, students will engage with the course professor and their peers via a discussion board by addressing one or more discussion prompts and then responding to another student’s post. There will be some variability with respect to each course. Overall, this framework mirrors as much as possible that of a regular course. On top of this, a professor may have a final exam or paper due at the end of the course.
The time commitment varies depending on the course and week. In total, students should expect to dedicate between 10 and 15 hours per week for their courses.
The ability for an international student to sit for a bar exam in the U.S. is determined at the state level, and students will need to research which states will allow them to sit for the bar with an LLM degree. The Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements is a helpful resource for students to consult if they wish to practice law in the U.S. Please note, however, that the Animal Law LLM Program is not designed to help students either sit or prepare for a bar exam.
No, the degree is the same. Graduates of the online Animal Law LLM program receive an Animal Law LLM degree. The only online notation on the graduate’s transcript will be in the titles of the courses.