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Work beyond litigation and earning to give

Updated: Mar 25

Once you've earned your law degree, you're not limited to traditional legal jobs. In animal advocacy, your legal education opens doors to various roles beyond typical lawyer positions.

Leading Nonprofit Organisations

You can take on leadership roles in nonprofit organisations dedicated to animal welfare. Your legal expertise will be invaluable in making important decisions and developing impactful projects. 

Research and Academia

Consider contributing to animal research and education. Your legal background provides a unique perspective on ethical and legal questions related to animals. 

Sabina’s Take

Animal Law Research

After finishing law school, Sabina joined a foundation that works hard to protect animals' rights in Chile. This group works hard to protect animals' rights. Even though Sabina isn't a licensed lawyer yet, she's doing crucial work through research. She helps with difficult cases where animals have been treated badly and plays a big role in changing laws and researching animal rights. A legal education teaches critical thinking, effective communication, adversarial thinking and people skills that benefit in a number of non-legal roles. Sabina’s work shows that you can do a lot for animals in different ways, like working on laws, teaching people, or helping out in local efforts. 

Corporate Social Responsibility

You can also work for companies prioritising ethical practices. Use your legal understanding to influence their policies, ensuring they treat animals well and promote sustainability.

Education and Awareness

Becoming an educator and advocating for animal rights is another option. Your knowledge of the law can help you teach others about animal laws, spreading awareness and working toward a more compassionate world.

Alice’s Take

Being an Educator 

Alice believes it’s important to teach animal law and help the next group of people learn about protecting animals and their rights. She said that when she teaches, she gets to share what she knows and learn what people think about how we treat animals. Alice believes that teaching isn't just a side job.

It gives a chance to make a difference in how the future looks for animals and the laws protecting them. She argues that you don't have to be a lawyer working in court to teach animal law. What's really important is knowing a lot about the law and really caring about animals. Alice is into teaching because she thinks education can help make things better for animals and help more people understand why this is important. She shows how teachers can play a big part in making the world a better place for animals.


You can create your path by starting entrepreneurial projects focusing on helping animals. Come up with new ideas or services that can make a positive difference in the well-being of animals.

Camille’s Take

Journey To Animal Law

Camille hasn’t stuck to one field since university. She's been involved in politics, worked with the media, and fought for animal rights in the courtroom. At first, she thought about studying psychology, but then she got into politics and finally found her way into law. Her story also involves the personal experience of choosing not to eat meat after seeing a documentary about animal abuse. She was also influenced by viewing images of the commercial seal slaughter near her home province. This led her to care deeply about animal rights. 

Camille shows us that you can do much more than just animal law. You can do legislation campaigns, work with the media, and even get into politics to help animals. Camille's experience tells us to think outside the box and use what we're good at and passionate about to make a difference for animals. 

Earning to Give: Beyond Direct Practice

When thinking about how to make a meaningful impact on your career, you need to consider both your passions and practicalities. Working directly in that field can be incredibly fulfilling if you’re passionate about animal rights or social justice. It allows you to get hands-on with the issues you care about.

However, it's also important to balance your interests with practical considerations. Not every passion can easily become a career, and not every job in your field of interest might fit your skills or lifestyle well. 

Alene’s Take

Earning to Give

Alene admits that if her strong passion for animal rights hadn’t driven her, she might have picked a well-paying job in law and supported animal welfare by donating a lot of money. Her advice is to find a career that matches your skills and interests while also thinking about different ways to help a cause you care about.  Whether you're directly involved or giving financial support, you are making a big difference.

It's perfectly okay if your job isn't directly related to your advocacy interests as long as you find it personally fulfilling and meaningful in other ways.

For those who can't find a direct career path in their passion area or for whom such a path isn't feasible, there's the concept of 'earning to give.' 

This means choosing a career that can earn you more money and donating some of your earnings to the causes and organisations you support. 

This approach can significantly support these causes, sometimes even more than you could achieve through direct involvement.

Have you read Financial realities? 


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