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

Competition Registration

Registration opened on Thursday, October 7th, at 10 a.m. (PST).   Please note, it is highly recommended to read the competition rules in full before registering.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The order is determined by the time and date they are received via email.  Send completed forms to competition administrator Laura Handzel at

Registrations may be completed by the individual competitor or by an agent acting on their behalf.

Because many law schools hold in-school competitions to select their representatives, specific competitor information is preferred but not absolutely necessary at the time of registration.  All other fields on the registration form, however, must be complete and payment must be arranged.  If not, the registration will not be accepted.  Specific competitor information must be supplied no later than November 15, 2010, or the spot is forfeited to a waitlisted individual or team.

The competition is open to law students currently seeking a JD from any ABA-approved law school in the United States.  See competition rules for additional information.

Registration Forms

A registration form must be completed for each competition slot.  Please note, an Appellate Moot Court team constitutes one spot (e.g. one form per team, not per competitor).  Each law school may register for two slots per competition (e.g. a law school could send a total of eight individual competitors).  Each competitor may register for any two out of the three competitions, but not all three.

Complete the appropriate registration form available at the links below by simply clicking on the individual fields and typing in the information.  Save the form (just in case) and then return it as an email attachment to lhandzel@lclark.eduRemember, the order of registration is determined by the time/date stamp of your email.  For law schools/individuals with multiple registrations, one email may contain attachments for all of the law school’s/individual’s registrations.