Animal issues engage a network of stakeholders including government officials, health officers, public administrators, advocates, community leaders, public safety, animal control officers, shelter administrators, and pet owners. The Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and Lawyers in Defense of Animals, Inc. (LIDA) make available knowledge usually reserved to law school students.
The online certificate consists of three knowledge courses and a practicum. Courses are taught by board members of LIDA. Through law, scholarly articles, media reports, and court cases, students examine issues at the intersections of animals' interests, guardians' interests, and community interests. Legal knowledge is not required for these courses; They are designed to be accessible to all.
Each course is ten weeks in duration and offered completely online. However, several phone conferences are held during the course and students participate as schedules permit; Students don't need any special equipment to participate in phone conferences. There are no set times for class; Students can access the course at anytime. There are approximately eight (8) units per course. Each unit consists of readings (or other materials), a written assignment, and a discussion board question. Students are asked to participate on the discussion board during the week it is posted as this makes for a timely and lively exchange of views.
Courses available as non-credit or as MPA Specialization
Students may take the courses as non-credit or for academic credit, with the option of using the four courses as a concentration within the MPA program at Rutgers SPAA. The cost per course for non-credit is $300. See Registration for more information.