Harvard Law School now has a program to teach students how they can fight for animal rights. The new Animal Law & Policy Clinic gives hands on experience about legislation, litigation, policymaking and administrative practice. It also discuses issues facing wildlife, farmed animals, those in captivity and the overall threat that climate change poses towards animals.
Harvard says they want to help create “a new generation of leaders for the animal protection movement”.
Professor Kristen Stilt from the Animal Law & Policy Program will be teaching the course and said upon announcing the clinic:
“The Animal Law & Policy Clinic at HLS will train and prepare our graduates to embark on careers in the animal protection field, produce impactful litigation and policy analysis to benefit the animal protection movement, and provide an internationally renowned platform for educating the broader public about the many pressing issues involving animal law and policy.”
In a statement Harvard University said that animal protection has become one of the quickest growing fields of public interest law. Animal Law courses have increased dramatically in the last two decades. Going from only 9 in 2000 to 167 in 2019.
“Animal law is a vitally important and rapidly growing field,” said Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning ’85. “Our new Animal Law & Policy Clinic will give students real-world experience in this burgeoning field, build on Harvard Law School’s long tradition of innovative pedagogy, and prepare future graduates to address significant societal challenges. I am delighted to welcome Katherine Meyer to the Harvard Law School community and congratulate her, Kristen Stilt, and Nicole Negowetti on the launch of this terrific initiative.”