Curriculum

Animal Law


This course will examine a number of topics related to the law of animals, including various issues that arise under the laws of property, contracts, torts, and trusts and estates. It will also examine various criminal law issues and constitutional law questions. The class will consider such issues as the definition of "animal" as applicable to anti-cruelty statutes, the doctrines of strict liability and negligence related to injuries caused by animals, the collection of damages for harm to animals, establishing standing for animal suits, first amendment protections, and the nuances of various federal laws. A paper is required.


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

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