Faunalytics is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that empowers animal advocates with access to the research and data they need to reduce animal suffering. Each year we conduct several original studies that help the animal protection movement improve the lives of animals around the world.
We are currently seeking a law student for a summer contract position, where you will help our team conduct important new animal advocacy research. Read on to learn more about the position and how to apply!
- Position type: Temporary Contract, May – August 2022
- Hours: Maximum of 640 hours total, flexible
- Rate of pay: USD $20/hour
- Location: Remote, open to residents of any country
- Deadline: Apply by March 31, 2022
Project Details and Specifications
The contractor’s primary responsibility will be to conduct all phases of the following project, in collaboration with Faunalytics’ Research Director:
Legislation is a key avenue animal advocates use to effect change at scale, but there is not much research about how to choose tractable issues and lobby for them successfully. As the strongest animal protections exist at the municipal level, the goal of this project is to look at whether local laws have ever led to the passage of similar laws at higher levels of government. This research would seek to answer this question and provide recommendations to advocates based on previous attempts to broaden the scope of animal welfare laws.
This is a qualitative study primarily comprising a review of the legal literature. We will focus on legislation in the U.S. to start, but expanding to other regions if necessary. We seek to determine whether local laws have laid the groundwork for future laws at the state and federal levels of government or, if not, whether there are promising avenues for this approach. The scope of this review will include legislation related to any animal welfare topic, but with due consideration given to the generalizability of, for instance, companion animal legislation to farmed animal issues. Informed by this review, we will identify any trends and best practices for advocates to follow.
Contractor to deliver final report by August 31, 2022.
Time allowing, additional responsibilities may include creating knowledge translation resources for explaining elements of animal law to a lay audience.
Contractor Skills and Qualifications
- By the contract start date, you must have completed at least one year of study at an ABA-accredited U.S. law school
- Interest in animal law and advancing the cause of animal protection
- Experience using law databases and conducting literature reviews
- Experience with the principles of research
- Ideally, you will be familiar with research or issues pertaining to farmed animals, animal product consumption/use, and/or animal agriculture
How to Apply
Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to [email protected] with the subject line “[YOUR LAST NAME] – Summer Law Student.” Please be sure you clearly indicate which qualifications you possess.
All applications will be processed in strict confidentiality. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls, please. We sincerely thank all candidates for their time and interest.