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Animal Law Project (ALP)

The Animal Law Project (ALP) focuses on protecting the interests of animals through the legal system. We welcome students with diverse views who are interested in helping animals and learning more about animal law. ALP’s goals are furthered in a number of ways. First, project volunteers provide pro bono assistance to animal-focused organizations. ALP works with various organizations on legal research and writing projects aimed at improving the welfare of animals. Our clients range from local SPCAs to national organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Second, ALP organizes speakers, screenings, and other events to engage the law school and broader Penn community in open dialogue regarding the legal protection of animals. Finally, ALP organizes community events for student networking and collaboration. Events like PSPCA shelter visits and pet-friendly “Yappy Hours” provide students interested in animal law with an opportunity to engage with similarly-minded individuals.  The best way for students to get involved is to attend the annual training session at the start of the semester. However, if a student cannot attend the training session, he or she is welcome to reach out to and ask to be added to the email list in order to receive information on available project opportunities. 


Student Leaders

Jane Tomic Director
Makenzie Way Finance & Events Chair
Mia Cabello Pro Bono Coordinator