Finals Week Goes to the Dogs: Animal Law Society and SBA Sponsor Study Break Featuring Canine Companionship


The Animal Law Society (ALS), Student Bar Association (SBA), and about a dozen canine friends brought some stress relief to the law school during finals. The event featured many a tail-wagging friend, as students were invited to bring their dogs to the first-ever “Doggie De-Stressor Study Break,” held on a sunny afternoon between Seigle Hall and Anheuser-Busch Hall.

As the dogs sniffed, licked, and otherwise socialized with each other, their student owners shared a priceless opportunity to interact outside of the tension of the exam rooms. “We knew we wanted to do something with animals to relieve stress that would be easy and fun,” said second-year law student Charli Steed, past president and current vice president of ALS, as she petted Harley, a beagle-lab mix.

“We came up with this idea and just decided to go for it. It turned out to be a great way for people to get together,” she added.

SBA Social Chair Kirsten Sparks said that based on the enthusiastic response, the “Doggie De-Stressor Study Break” will likely become a finals-week tradition open to the campus community. “Some undergrads came over from the dorms—our theory is, ‘The more the merrier’!” Sparks said.