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Animal Law Project (ALP)

The Animal Law Project (ALP) focuses on protecting the interests of animals through the legal system.

What we do: 

ALP works with various organizations on legal research and writing projects aimed at improving the welfare of animals, with clients ranging from local SPCAs to national organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund. ALP also organizes speakers, screenings, and other events to engage the law school and broader Penn community in open dialogue regarding the legal protection of animals.

How we do it:

Project volunteers conduct targeted legal research, write memos and briefs, and/or create educational materials for animal-focused organizations.

How and when can I join:

We welcome students who are interested in learning more about animal law. Interested students should attend the annual training session at the beginning of the semester. If you have questions, please reach out to Co-Directors Celina Antonellis and Jeni Norwalk and ask to be added to the email list to receive information about available opportunities.

What skills will I develop:

Community engagement, working with vulnerable clients, legal analysis, legal research, legal writing, collaboration, policy advocacy, and public speaking.

The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.