National Animal Law Competitions

The National Animal Law Competitions draw students from North American law schools to participate in three separate advocacy components :

  • Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Competition
  • Appellate Moot Court Competition
  • Closing Argument Competition

The event is hosted at Harvard Law School and presented by the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program Executive Director, Chris Green, regularly creates the Legislative Drafting & Lobbying Problem, and this year the Appellate Moot Court Problem was authored by our Academic Fellow, Delcianna Winders.

The National Animal Law Competitions provide ample opportunity for students to network and socialize with the event judges––who make up a veritable Who’s Who of the Animal Law field (on an almost 1-to-1 student / judge ratio).

Several students have landed full-time jobs directly as a result of competing in NALC. Another student was selected for a Court of Appeals clerkship after performing so well before one of its judges. All this year’s final round Moot Court judges are on the federal bench as well.

More information is available at the NALC website :

National Animal Law Competitions

As an added incentive, the Animal Law & Policy Program will reimburse the registration fees for any HLS students that participate in the competition.