Animal Law

The Animal Law focus area at GW Law provides an exceptionally broad range of educational and practical opportunities for law students while also providing pro bono services and support to the District of Columbia government, humane organizations, and community groups working to strengthen the protection of animals. GW Law offers instruction both in existing law (including the law affecting companion animals; animals used for food, research, and entertainment; and wild animals at the state, federal, and international levels) and in the promotion of animal protection and welfare through legal reform. The focus area also works to build bridges between local government and local and national humane organizations to support these entities in their efforts to change the perception of the relationship between human and non-human animals within our society and to improve the lives of animals.

The Animal Law focus area has several components, including an outstanding curriculum, annual conferences, a specialized field placement program that offers students opportunities to gain actual experience advocating on behalf of animals, an in-house program that allows students to affect change through legislative and regulatory avenues, scholarship opportunities to support students committed to the legal protection of animals, and a robust student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Past Events

The State of Legal Protections for Farm Animals in the United States

Join representatives of the Animal Welfare Institute’s Farm Animal Program and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Government Relations Department for a talk

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Reception

Please join the GW Law Alumni Association and the Asian American Law Alumni Association for a reception during the annual National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) convention.

ABLA 30th Anniversary and JAM Scholarship Reception

The GW Association of Black Law Alumni is proud to celebrate the 30th year since our founding and the conclusion of the Fall Meeting with a reception at Old Ebbitt Grill. At the reception, we

10th Annual DC Week for the Animals Law Night

Join the Animal Law Program Area for the 10th annual law night as part of the DC Week for the Animals.


Legal Advocacy for Abused Animals: Connecticut's "Desmond's Law" as a Roadmap for Change in D.C.

"Desmond's Law" is an innovative piece of legislation that allows legal advocates to testify on behalf of animals in abuse and neglect cases.

Man's Best Friend or Man's Best Specimen?

Join the GW Law Animal Law Program as they host Kevin Chase, Vice-President, Rescue + Freedom Project, and Ryan Merkley,  Director of Research Advocacy, Phy

Pet Study Break

Join the GW Student Animal Legal Defense Fund for a Pet Study Break to provide an opportunity for members of the law school community an opportunity to de-stress and enjoy the companionship of ador

Careers in Animal Law

Please join the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) and GW SALDF for an informative program to help you launch your legal

9th Annual DC Week for the Animals Law Night

Join Katherine Meyer, Partner at Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP, and Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the Ameri

8th Annual DC Week for the Animals Law Night

Panelists discussed two recent events that have important consequences for the animals in DC: The District's Department of the Environment Wildlife Action Plan and the Merger of the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.