The main component of the focus area addresses the needs of the student body directly through course offerings, speakers, conferences, and scholarship focused on animal law, as well as providing support for The George Washington Law School student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

The current courses include:

6424 Animal Law

This 2-credit class is a survey of the treatment of animals in state, federal, and international law.

6426 Public Law Seminar: Animal Rights and the Law

This 2-credit seminar explores the theoretical, legal, and practical implications of granting animals “rights.”

6431 Wildlife and Ecosystems Law 

This 2-3 credit course presents an in-depth study of the complex body of laws that protect or regulate wildlife, including laws that protect ecosystems and the habitats in which wild animals live.

6440 Natural Resources Law

This 2-3 credit course discusses legal issues related to the multiple resource uses of federal public lands, including forestry, mining, water, recreation, wildlife, endangered species, and wilderness.

6454 International Environmental Law

This 2-3 credit course focuses on the treaty negotiation process, the role of international institutions in developing and implementing environmental agreement and  the relationship between environmental and  international law in the context of a variety of issues including climate change,export of hazardous waste, and deforestation and biodiversity.

6656 Independent Legal Writing

Students may explore animal law-related topics through supervised research and writing for 1-2 credits.


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