Animal Law

Animal law is a growing, dynamic field that encompasses and intersects with many other areas of the law, including property law, tort, constitutional law, food law, and environmental law.

Become an agent of change with USF’s soon-to-be launched new animal law program. Students interested in working as animal law practitioners can enroll in courses during the 2020-21 academic year.

The treatment of animals under the law leads to important insights for property law, tort law, and constitutional law, and directly impacts the use of animals in research and factory farming, as well as issues such as cruelty to animals and wildlife protection.

USF students are passionate advocates and are already engaged in the subject. Students like Isabel Callejo-Brighton ‘20, who clerks for the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s litigation program, works in litigation on several fronts, protecting animals and also the rights of people through consumer protection, misrepresentation and false advertising cases. She finds the overlap between animal law and wills and trusts — in the establishment of “Pet Trusts” — an exciting and emerging area of law.

The animal law program is made possible through an historic gift from an anonymous donor in fall 2019, creating the Justice for Animals Endowed Chair.

The new program will extend the law school’s mission to educate skilled, ethical lawyers who advance the cause of justice.