Spring 2015 Course Schedule

Animal Law (CANCELLED) (LAW-795AN-001)


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Animal welfare, pet trusts, veterinary malpractice, endangered species, divorce pet custody disputes, the animal cruelty/violence against humans link, and animal legal standing are but a few of the issues that will be discussed as we examine legal issues from constitutional law to torts to contracts to wills and trusts, and much more. This is not a course in animal rights, but rather an in-depth survey of a burgeoning and dynamic field of law, of which animal rights is but a part. This course will encourage students to creatively apply existing legal doctrine and to craft new legal approaches to the rapidly developing field of animal law.

As with any growing and dynamic area of the law, reading cases and applying existing law and legal thought doesn’t always provide a comprehensive learning experience. This class will be very interactive and the syllabus is likely to change. There will be much class discussion. Students will be assigned cases and readings to lead the class discussions. There will be one group project designed to promote creative thinking and the application of laws to the various issues affecting animals.

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