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Animal Law Careers

Relative Skills/Interests: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and analysis; patience and flexibility; law, policy, regulations; understanding of animal protection, wildlife, and environmental issues and policy;

Job Position: Animal Lawyer

Job Description: Many lawyers find ways to work animal law into their practice either on a pro bono basis or as the sole focus of their practice. Lawyers can also work to protect animals indirectly through other law fields including: environmental law, family law, constitutional law, criminal law. These lawyers are often responsible for filing litigation and prosecuting cases that involve animals. There are some (though limited) opportunities to practice litigation in non-profit organizations that focus on animal or environmental protection.

Opportunities: Private companies and law firms; prosecutors; non-profit or non-governmental organizations

Education and Special Training: To become a lawyer, an undergraduate degree plus three years of law school is required. Lawyers must take and pass a comprehensive state exam (the bar) before practicing.

Job Position: Animal Welfare Lobbyist/Advocate

Job Description: Lobbyists influence legislators to pass special interest bills by providing data and other information that supports their case. Many (but not all) lobbyists are lawyers and they often work to strengthen animal protection laws at the local, state, and/or federal levels.

Opportunities: Animal protection organizations and non-governmental organizations

Education and Special Training: To become a lawyer, an undergraduate degree plus three years of law school is required. Lawyers must take and pass a comprehensive state exam (the bar) before practicing. It is also important for those in this field to stay up-to-date on all current animal protection laws and proposed bills.

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