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Save the Date for the 2024 Competitions!

The 2024 National Animal Law Competitions will be held March 23rd & 24th at Harvard Law School.

The purpose of the National Animal Law Competitions is to provide law students an opportunity to develop knowledge in the field of animal law and to hone their written and oral advocacy skills. Previous competitions were held annually from 2004-2016 with the revival in March 2023.

The National Animal Law Competitions consist of three distinct components:

• Appellate Advocacy Competition

• Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition

• Closing Argument Competition

The Legislative and Closing Argument competitions are for individuals, while the Appellate competition requires a team of two. 

The competitions are open to full- or part-time students seeking a J.D. at an ABA-approved law school. There is no cap on the number of registrations, but students may register for only one event each year. The registration fee for each competition is $25, however need-based fee waivers will be available.

The National Animal Law Competitions are being organized in collaboration with several leading law schools that include Harvard Law School, Lewis & Clark Law School, and Vermont Law and Graduate School.


Materials from the 2023 Competitions can be found in the Archive.