Award Details

Award Name

AKC Animal Law Writing Contest

Submission Deadline


Possible Recipients

Open To
  • Student
Award Sponsor

American Kennel Club

Eligibility Companion Animal Law Writing Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, whichever is greater, at the time of entry. Entrants must be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States. Employees of The American Kennel Club, Inc. and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee (whether or not related) are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is pleased to announce the fifth annual Companion Animal Law Writing Contest! The contest begins on August 23rd and is opened to all students currently enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The contest will offer a first-place prize of $2500 and a second-place prize of $500.

Students are asked to choose between two topics: The impact of “lawyers for dogs” laws on animal cruelty cases or the constitutionality of mandatory spay/neuter laws.  This year’s topics offer students the unique opportunity to discuss legal perspectives on issues currently in the news and at the forefront of animal law. 

Entries will be judged by legal and public policy professionals with experience in laws impacting companion animals.

Contestants can enter now through April 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST. To learn more about the contest, including official rules and policies, please click here.

Want to help us advertise the contest?  Download a flyer here! 

Important Dates

Important Date

Submission Deadline

Award Prizes

Monetary Prize
$ 2500

First Place

Monetary Prize
$ 500

Second Place