Young Animal Lawyers Network

Welcome to the Young Animal Lawyers Network (YALN). YALN is specifically for early career legal professionals who are interested in animal law. Read on to find out how you can get involved!

The YALN Committee

Young lawyers! The animal law hub…

for postgraduate students, trainees and newly qualified lawyers.

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Our Aims

  • To facilitate a network of animal lawyers at the beginning of their careers and to provide opportunities for people to meet, collaborate and share ideas with others.

  • To foster a community of mutual support and knowledge expansion within the context of animal law.

  • To encourage lawyers at the beginning of their careers to consider pursuing animal law in a professional / pro bono capacity.

  • To provide careers guidance and opportunities for work experience / voluntary work within the animal law sector.

  • To attend careers / law fairs and give talks on campuses / at schools about animal law.

  • To host events which would be of interest to aspiring professionals who are interested in legal and academic practices concerned with animal related law. 

  • To undertake research as and when it would be useful to support the work of The UK Centre for Animal Law

  • To campaign/fundraise for The UK Centre for Animal Law .

Watch our launch event

YALN officially launched on 15 September with an Academic Pathways careers event. We were joined by a panel of experts from the academic community, who shared their experience of advancing animal interests as part of a legal academic practice. 

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Who can Join?

We are looking to bridge the gap between being a law student and having an established career in law, therefore we welcome anyone studying law at postgraduate level (GDL, LPC, BPTC, LLM etc), those who are undertaking a training contract, pupillage or equivalent training, as well as those who have up to 5 years post-qualification experience.



On behalf of A-LAW, we host careers events and support the policy team to organise other events orientated to students and aspiring legal professionals.  We are currently organising a careers webinar about academic law practices. Visit A-LAW’s Events page to see what’s coming up.

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Our members support A-LAW’s student outreach by helping to create resources for undergrad and college students. We are working on resources about animal law for secondary school students and we are here to provide mentoring and support to Student Ambassadors and A-LAW student chapters.


We welcome postgraduate law and criminology students, trainees and newly qualified legal professionals up to 5 years PQE to join the Young Animal Lawyers Network and to take part in our networking activities.

Meet the members of our Young Animal Lawyers Committee

About Us

Our Team

What We Do

Should pet theft be a specific offence?

Paula talks to John Cooper QC about the case for pet theft reform in episode #7 of our Talking Animal Law podcast.

Become a Member today!

Enjoy a range of great benefits and become part of a network of like-minded individuals.

Act for animals at your uni!

Find our how to become an A-LAW Student Ambassador or how to set up an A-LAW Student Chapter, and get active for animals at your university.

Get in touch

Monckton Chambers
1 & 2 Raymond Buildings
Gray’s Inn

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