Student Animal Law Research Paper Contest 2024

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Animal Justice is pleased to be hosting the fifth annual Student Research Paper Contest, offering cash prizes and awards presented at the Student Conference at this fall’s Canadian Animal Law Conference for the top three winners who submit outstanding law school papers.

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Prizes for the top three papers are:

  • First place prize – $300
  • Second place prize – $200
  • Third place prize – $100

The contest is part of Animal Justice’s work to support animal law clubs at Canadian law schools and foster the next generation of animal lawyers. It aims to encourage student scholarship in the growing field of animal law, and support law students who have done outstanding research into the pressing legal issues facing nonhuman animals.

The Student Conference will take place on Friday, September 27, 2024 in the lead up to the Canadian Animal Law Conference, at Toronto Metropolitan University in Toronto, Ontario. The Student Conference is a chance to network with other students interested in animal law, learn about career options from Canada’s leading animal lawyers, and brainstorm on how to optimize the 2024-2025 school year. The Student Conference is aimed at law students participating in Animal Justice clubs at Canadian law schools, although others are welcome to attend.

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The contest is open to members of Animal Justice student clubs in Canada, and submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Topic: Although there is no specific topic, submissions must focus on animal law in Canada and be academic in nature.
  • Authors must be current law school students or graduating from law school at the time of submission. We will not accept submissions from students in non-law or graduate programs.
  • Essays must be 5,000 – 10,000 words in length (exclusive of footnotes and bibliography).

Submissions must be emailed to Kip Phillips, by email at [email protected] by Friday, July 26 at 11:59 PM ET. The subject line should read “Student Essay Contest Submission.” Submissions must be attached as a Microsoft Word document (not PDF). In the body of the email, please include your name, law school, year in school, Animal Justice student club affiliation, and email address for correspondence.

Note that Animal Justice does not publish these papers, but the Student Conference may provide opportunities too get feedback in pursuit of seeking publication with an academic journal.

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Best of luck!

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