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7384. Clinic: Animal Law

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Students in this clinic appear in state courts as court-appointed advocates under Connecticut's "Desmond's Law" to advocate for the interests of justice in cases of animal cruelty. Students investigate facts, interview experts, perform legal research, draft sentencing and other recommendations to the court, and present oral arguments. Students interact with police officers, veterinarians, prosecutors, defense counsel, animal advocates, and court personnel. Students may also assist in developing legislation and interdisciplinary programs related to animal cruelty. Students work collaboratively, with two students assigned to each animal cruelty case, and under close faculty supervision. The classroom component involves a weekly seminar to develop the theoretical and practical foundations necessary for students to handle cases. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor only.