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Charting the Growth of Animal Law in Education

Journal of Animal Law, Vol. 4, p. 105, 2008

33 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2008 Last revised: 9 Dec 2012

Peter Sankoff

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 6, 2008

Abstract

Since 1986, animal law courses have begun appearing in law faculties in the United States and abroad. The growth of these courses has been sudden and dramatic. Nonetheless, many in the academic community continue to regard these courses as fringe offerings, and professors who wish to teach them are often discouraged - formally or informally - from doing so. In this article, the author examines the growth of animal law courses worldwide, considering how the phenomena began, how far it has spread, and the impediments professors face to getting new courses up and running. He concludes that as an independent subject, animal law is beginning to attain significant legitimacy, as it is taught at nearly 40% of the law faculties across the United States, and this percentage has grown dramatically every year since the topic was first offered.

Keywords: animal law, legal education

JEL Classification: K10, K11, K32

Suggested Citation

Sankoff, Peter, Charting the Growth of Animal Law in Education (January 6, 2008). Journal of Animal Law, Vol. 4, p. 105, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1081230

Peter Sankoff (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5
Canada

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