USD School of Law Welcomes a Canine Companions Puppy

A new member will be joining the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law community - a puppy!

Yellow labrador puppy sitting in front of wheelchair

SAN DIEGO – A new member will be joining the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law community – a puppy!

USD School of Law is partnering with Canine Companions to support and follow a future service dog over the next 16-18 months. The puppy will be raised in San Diego by a volunteer puppy raiser who will socialize and teach the puppy over 30 skills in preparation for life as a service dog. Canine Companion service dogs are placed free of charge with recipients.

This partnership was made possible through triple USD alumna Dr. Leslie A. Hennessy (MBA), (Ph.D. Leadership), (JD).

The puppy will be taking part in different events and activities with the USD School of Law while also training for its important future of helping a person with a disability live a more independent life. USD students and faculty will have the opportunity to participate in a naming contest to select the puppy’s name.

After the first 16-18 months, the puppy will move on to professional training for the next 6-9 months where it will learn more advanced skills to become an expertly trained service dog. When the dog graduates professional training, it will be matched with an adult, child or veteran with a disability and help provide its partner with a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

USD School of Law is excited to be partnering with Canine Companions – a national organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained service dogs. Since its founding in 1975, Canine Companions has provided over 7,300 service dogs to people with disabilities. USD School of Law now has the privilege of sponsoring one of the puppies.

Canine Companions serves adults with physical or auditory disabilities, children with physical or cognitive disabilities, veterans, and professionals working in a health care, visitation, criminal justice, or education setting. The organization’s core values include teamwork, compassionate services, integrity, community, excellence, and innovation. 

Through this program, we hope to positively contribute to our community with the help of our new family member.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 30th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 28th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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