Animal Lawyer Lobbyist Career

If you work as an Animal Rights Lawyer, you likely spend your days in one of three ways:  filing lawsuits, helping prosecutors charge animal abusers, or in the realm of animal law education.  You typically do not work directly with animals; however, you may be required to interact with animals.  The focus of involvement with legal cases most often relates to cases of animal cruelty, tainted pet food products, veterinary malpractice, pet custody and other animal-related legal issues or conflicts.  Clients may include veterinarians, pet owners, or other individuals with a legal-related dispute that involves animals.


If you work as an Animal Rights Lobbyist, you play crucial role in preventing the mistreatment of animals, ensuring offenders are held accountable.  You promote public awareness and changes to law that will protect animals from abuse or mistreatment by presenting animal welfare issues to government officials in support of passing legislation at the state and federal levels for animal welfare.   As well, you may be affiliated with an animal welfare advocacy organization.



Animal Rights Lawyer Duties:

  • Work with judicial employees, legislators, clients, and the public
  • Research cases
  • Advise clients
  • Prepare and review legal documents
  • File class action lawsuits
  • Argue cases in court
  • Conduct depositions
  • Create pet trusts

Animal Rights Lobbyist Duties:

  • Complete research in support of proposals for animal welfare laws.
  • Remain current relative to current issues pertaining to animal well-being.
  • Communicate with professionals in relevant industries.
  • Attend events and meetings that concern animal interests to stay updated on new issues.
  • Prepare reports or presentations of their research findings and present them to legislators.
  • Help politicians outline legislation that supports animal welfare.

Job Outlook

Animal Rights Lawyer:

Median Wage May 2018:  approximately $120,000 annually

Careers in this subsector are expected to grow by as much as 6% from 2018 to 2028.


Animal Rights Lobbyist:

Median Wage May 2018:  approximately $80,000 annually.

Careers in this subsector are expected to grow by as much as 6% from 2018 to 2028.




The requirements to become an Animal Rights Lawyer closely follow those to become a lawyer in general with the completion of a four-year degree program, law school (with the second part of the program spent focusing on animal protection issues), then the state’s bar exam.


The requirements to become an Animal Rights Lobbyist requires the completion of a four-year degree program in political science, journalism, law, or related field that is beneficial for animal welfare.  Lobbyists need to be well-versed on animal rights laws and concerns and are required to register with the state and federal government.



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Academic Programs

Overall, there are certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs in public and private postsecondary institutions across the country that may help provide a path to your career aspirations as an Animal Rights Lawyer or Animal Rights Lobbyist in the following areas:

  • Criminal justice
  • Law enforcement administration
  • Legal studies
  • Law enforcement investigation
  • Maritime law enforcement
  • Pre-law studies
  • Political science


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Animal Law is a specialty law area of practice recognized by the American Bar Association.

Many law schools have specialized programs in animal law, many state and city bar associations have special committees on animal law.

To practice animal law in the capacity of attorney, you must be a graduate of an accredited law graduate program, and pass a state bar exam.

American Bar Association Animal Law Committee Page

MSU Animal Legal and Historical Center

Harvard Law School Animal Law and Policy Program

New York City Bar Association Animal Law Committee – The Animal Law Committee is the nation’s first bar association animal law committee. It regularly addresses legal, regulatory and policy issues on local, state, national and international levels affecting non-human animals, both wild and domestic. At the NYC level, the Animal Law Committee has taken positions on issues such as horse-drawn carriages, pets in housing, anti-tethering of dogs and use of wild and exotic animals in entertainment. At the state level, the Animal Law Committee has taken positions over the years on many issues such as animal cruelty, animals in entertainment, wildlife conservation, animals in the military and law enforcement, shelter adoptions, consumer law, concentrated farming operations and confinement of animals, canned hunting, force feeding of animals for foie gras production, electrocution of fur-bearing animals, tail docking, devocalization of companion animals, and required fire safety for animals kept by pet dealers. At the federal level, the Committee takes positions on matters governed by statute (e.g., the Animal Welfare Act (treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers), the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the Endangered Species Act) and on bills relating to consumer law and labeling of animal products, animal health, welfare and safety (e.g., horse slaughter, sanctuary for primates used in experimentation, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics on animals). At the international level, the Committee has commented on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Memos are regularly submitted to incoming administrations in New York City, Albany and Washington, DC.


Link to Animal Careers Page