Clinical Opportunities

The Animal Law & Policy Program has relationships throughout the Animal Law field, along with an educated sense of the particular cultures among leading organizations. That allows us to place our students in compatible clinical and internship settings that closely match their specific strengths and interests.

In addition to traditional summer internships, Harvard offers the opportunity for law students to spend their three-week January Term working in direct clinical placement environments, or performing independent writing projects. Both of these options can occur under the faculty supervision of Prof. Kristen Stilt. The possibility to engage in externship work in conjunction with one of our Animal Law courses also is available, as is the ability to work directly as a Research Assistant.

In 2016, three of our students elected Animal Law clinical placements or writing projects for their January Term studies. One of our students worked at the Humane Society of the United States Animal Protection Litigation department in Washington D.C. examining the current Massachusetts ballot measure to “Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals.” Another student worked for the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Los Angeles on Puppy Mill and Foie Gras litigation. A third traveled overseas to interface with the New Zealand Animal Law Association and write about amendments to that country’s national Animal Welfare Act, which recently recognized “animals as sentient.”