Welcome to the Cornell SALDF website! We are the animal law group and student arm of the Animal Legal Defense Fund at Cornell Law School. Our mission is to raise awareness and educate the student body about animal issues through several organized events throughout the year. Our events include the bi-annual Bob Barker Invitational Tournament in conjunction with the vet school co-ed fraternity OTS, a bi-annual social gathering with Cornall Law pets and their humans, and lectures by legal scholars and experts on various animal issues.
Cornell University is ideally situated for the study and practice of animal law. Located in rural Ithaca, NY, Cornell has distinguished programs in law, veterinary medicine, and agriculture. Cornell Law School consistently ranks among the top law schools in the nation. Cornell SALDF was formed in 2006 with a small group of students and has grown to its current roster of over 30 members. Additionally, the Law School added Animal Law to its curriculum in 2007, and an Animal Rights seminar in Spring of 2010. Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked the best in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2009 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" and has a reputation as the premier program in veterinary education. Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the third largest college of its kind in the U.S. As our organization continues to grow and develop, Cornell SALDF aspires to leverage its connections to the veterinary and agriculture schools to further advance the field of animal law.