Animal Law Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program

The first animal law master’s degree of its kind in the U.S.

Animal Law Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Program

The first animal law master’s degree in the U.S.

Earn Your Legal Degree in Animal Law

Beginning in Fall 2022, the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) will offer its new Animal Law Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program at Lewis & Clark Law School fully online.

The program is designed for non-lawyers who want to focus on animal law in advocacy, academia, research, public policy, and more. This degree will prepare graduates to work with animal protection organizations in roles where they would need to have a firm grasp of animal protection laws and issues, animal law-related policy and/or regulatory work, animal law education, and more. Others seeking out the MSL degree have been veterinarians, animal advocates who want to engage in informed activism, and those who wish to braid animal law research and policy into other areas of scholarship.


Designed for Non-Lawyers

To equip MSL students for success in our animal law courses, all students take an Introduction to US Legal Studies course during their first term to prepare them to read legal cases and engage with legal concepts. To be eligible to apply, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. or international school. A legal degree is not required. Likewise, an LSAT or GRE score is not required.


Graduate in as Few as 18 Months

  • The first cohort for the online Animal Law MSL program starts in Fall 2022.
  • You can begin the program in the Fall term.
  • The degree requires 27 credit hours to complete the program.
  • Graduate from the part-time program in just four terms: e.g., Fall, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Online Animal Law MSL Curriculum

Animal law overlaps with many traditional areas of the law such as torts, criminal, constitutional, and property law. It is rooted in the practical application of statutory and decisional law but also explores legal theory and jurisprudence. In animal law we ask fundamental questions about the nature of a legal right or interest. We examine how the law often creates or entrenches power imbalances, and how those imbalances impact animals.

Animal Law MSL students can look forward to a curriculum that features:

  • Animals in the Law
  • Industrial Animal Agriculture Law
  • Introduction to US Legal Studies
  • Emerging Topics in Animal law
  • Companion Animal Law
  • Crimes Against Animals
  • International Animal Law
  • Aquatic Animal Law
  • The Law & Ethics of Animal Testing; and
  • Global Wild Animal Law

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Important Dates

Fall Application Opens

November 1st, 2022


Fall Application Deadline

May 15th, 2023


Next Webinar
November 16th, 2022
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