Coronavirus Information and Update: Fall 2021 Plans

National Animal Law Competition (NALC)


  • “The National Animal Law Competitions allows students with a passion for advocacy specifically related to animal issues, to hone their skills to become better advocates. I have always enjoyed advocating for people who could not speak for themselves. By competing in the National Animal Law Competitions, I learned how to craft compelling arguments and learn how to present animal law issues to people who may not be as informed of the challenges that animals face. I enjoyed my time as a competitor so much that I signed up with Animal Legal Defense Fund and have assisted The John Marshall Law School as a coach for students competing in the National Animal Law Competitions. One of the greatest testaments of NALC is that it allows law students who are unaware of the plight of companion animals, farm animals, or even animals subjected to experiments, to become better stewards of those entrusted to our care. There is nothing like watching students evolve from supporters of animal issues to advocates of animal issues.” –Anthony Sam, JD, former competitor 

  • “As a trial lawyer for more than 25 years I was very impressed with the quality of the closing arguments of all the competitors. They performed at a level I would expect of a third year prosecutor, not a law student. And the winner was absolutely fantastic, particularly in her ability to think on her feet during the final round. Finding law students interested in not just the issue but bringing those who abuse animals to justice is particularly meaningful for those of us who have been working, often seemingly alone, in animal welfare enforcement.” –Josh Marquis, JD

  • “My partner and I chose to come back to NALC because we had such a great experience last year– thoughtful judges, a well-run competition, and thought-provoking practice problems. Connecting with animal law professionals and supportive members of the bench has been a great benefit of this competition and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.” –Anna Bennett, UC Irvine Law 3L

  • “It is really amazing to practice real skills and get feedback from the most important scholars and practitioners in animal law. The competition fosters relationships between competitors but also amongst the staff and judges.” –Stefanie Wilson, UC Irvine Law 3L


Thank you to Odette Wilkins, Ethan Eddy, Sara Hart, and Drew Moore for their assistance in drafting the Moot Court problem; and to Lynn Deavers, Delci Winders, and Ethan Eddy for grading the briefs. 

Thank you to Jami Pannell for her contributions to the Closing Argument problem. 

Thank you to the Park Foundation for the continued funding. Thank you to Harvard Law School for providing generous support through the Bob Barker Fund for the Study of Animal Rights Law, and to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for providing travel grants to participating students. 

The success of the competitions relies on the contributions of many people. Thank you to the following volunteers: 

Catie Black 
Rebecca Cary 
LT Ciaccio 
Jessica Corsi
Taki Flevaris
Katherine Katz 
Katherine Lin
Erin Mallard 
Felicia McPharland 
Marisa Miller Wolfson 
Jami Pannell
Alison Meeker Schiebelhut 
Jason Silver 
Jennifer Wang