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Editor: Myanna Dellinger
University of South Dakota School of Law

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Intersection between Animal Law and Contracts law - new book

From our friends at Animal Legal Defense Funds:

Animal Law – New Perspectives on Teaching Traditional Law presents a fresh perspective on the courses that law professors are already teaching, all while introducing law students to the relevance of animal issues in a variety of areas, including:·         Contract Law

·         Constitutional Law

·         Criminal Law

·         Environmental Law

·         Property Law

·         Tort Law

·         Wills and Trusts Law

Due to the ubiquitous presence and use of animals in our society, animal law overlaps with most other areas of the law and provides an engaging lens through which to explore core legal concepts. Analyzing animal law cases within traditional areas of law encourages critical thinking about the function of certain legal constructs and tests the law’s ability to respond to new information and evolving social norms.

It’s a crucial time for academics to begin making and discussing these important connections. Animal law is a rapidly growing field and an increasing number of students are attending law school to study it full-time, or at least incorporate it into their practice after graduation.

Professors can purchase the book through the publisher Carolina Academic Press or through RedShelf, buying only the chapters relevant to their area of expertise.


The authors of the book will be hosting a free webinar Friday, September 28, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. This webinar will give professors and law students an opportunity to hear from the authors as they discuss the inspiration behind the book and why it’s important for law professors to include animal law in their discussions. They will also detail substantive features in every chapter, and review ways in which they can be incorporated into pre-existing courses.

For more information, please visit

Course Guides

Finally, for those professors interested in teaching an entire course on animal law, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy for animals, has developed three curriculum resources to provide tangible support and guidance to those who wish to offer new classes but may not have the time to design them from scratch. Each guide serves as a comprehensive sample syllabus with a suggested course outline, textbooks, topics, reading and writing assignments, student objectives, and teaching notes. For anyone wishing to expand the animal law offerings at their school by offering an elective in one of these areas, the guides will be an invaluable resource.

The three course guides, and memos in support of adding such a class to the curriculum, are now available on our animal law instructor site and are linked here:

·         Companion Animal Law Course Guide and Supporting Memo

·         Farmed Animal Law Course Guide and Supporting Memo

·         Wildlife Law Course Guide and Supporting Memo

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