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National Animal Law Competitions

2012 Schedule

  • “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

View the competition schedule. Remember, it’s always subject to change. Please check back often for changes.

Making travel arrangements?  Plan on being at UCLA School of Law at 6 p.m. for a competitors’ meeting on Friday, February 24th, in Room 1430 (1st Floor). The entire event weekend will  conclude by 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 26th.

All competition rounds, meetings and the Saturday evening results reception will take place at UCLA School of Law, in the Law Building, next to Dodd Hall.  View interactive campus map.

  • Closing Argument Competition - Preliminary rounds will be held in room 1310, on the first floor of the Law Building.
  • Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition - Preliminary rounds 1, 2 & 3 will take place in rooms 2484, 2480 & 2476, on the second floor of the Law Building.
  • Appellate Moot Court Competition - Preliminary rounds will occur on the first floor of the Law Building in rooms 1420, 1430 & 1447.

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