Student Group

ALAW’s student division is for students who have an interest in animal law and who wish to make a difference in this cutting edge field. The aim of the group is to help share knowledge within ALAW and to inspire students to contribute to ALAW’s pioneering work.


Edwina BowlesEdwina Bowles is an ALAW trustee and ALAW’s student officer. Edwina has been involved in ALAW since 2010 and helped set up the student group. She is a solicitor working as assistant legal counsel at Cruelty Free International, the leading organisation working to end animal experiments worldwide.

The team is supported by two student co-ordinators, Sally Shera-Jones and Grace Wright.

Sally JonesSally Shera-Jones is the team coordinator for the Law Society of England and Wales’ Corporate Responsibility, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team. Shortly before arriving in London, Sally completed her LLB (Hons) and Bachelor of International Relations at Griffith University in Australia. She is a certified interpersonal mediator, and a volunteer student coordinator for the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare in the UK.

Grace WrightGrace Wright is a BPTC student at BPP Law School. Before venturing into law, Grace did an English degree at the University of Cambridge, specialising in medieval literature in her final year. Grace hopes to incorporate animal law as part of her practice at the Bar. She is a volunteer trainee advisor for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and a volunteer student coordinator for the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare.

The team can provide support and guidance to students who wish to establish an animal group on campus or work with existing animal rights or animal welfare/protection student groups. The student team is also responsible for the Animal Justice UK and is always happy to receive information about news and events for the magazine.

The student team can be contacted at


ALAW publishes a bi-annual e-newsletter, Animal Justice UK, featuring news, articles and book reviews on current issues affecting the animal welfare community. The newsletter will be of particular interest to law, politics and social science students interested in theories concerning animal welfare, protection and justice. Student members receive a priority copy of Animal Justice UK, which is free to students. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the e-zine, click here.


ALAW runs an annual student essay writing competition.

The winners of the 2015 student essay competition have been announced as 1st Natalie Kyneswood, 2nd Grace Wright and 3rd place Emily Au. Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who submitted entries.

The 2016 student essay competition will be open for entries from November 2016. Full details including how to enter, the rules and the essay title will be featured on the essay guidelines page.


ALAW is hosting its first careers event for students interested in study or pursuing a career involving animal welfare law. The event is kindly being hosted by Doughty Street Chambers.

There will be a series of talks by professionals, NGO’s, academics and students and a chance to network and socialise with people over the break and afterwards. Thanks to the support of Doughty Street Chambers we can offer this event free of charge, but places are limited and will be offered on a strict first come, first served basis. Further details and an application form will be available shortly.


There are an increasing number of Universities now offering a module in animal law as part of an LLB law degree. A list of institutions offering these modules is being compiled and will be available shortly. Students should contact these institutions to find out more details. Whilst ALAW tries to keep these details current, we are a small team of volunteers and some information may become out of date. It would help us to receive information about any changes to the information listed, including any new courses or animal law modules.


By joining ALAW’s student group you can meet like-minded peers and leading legal practitioners. Membership of ALAW is only £10 and includes a range of benefits, including:

Click here to join now.