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The American Kennel Club® (AKC), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Companion Animal Law Writing Contest.

The contest is open 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.This year’s topics, which include hypotheticals on the legal status of animals and forfeiture as a criminal sanction, offer students the unique opportunity to discuss real life examples facing animal owners at the forefront of animal law. Entries will be judged by legal and public policy professionals with experience in laws impacting companion animals.

“Through many iterations of the contest, we have seen an extremely competitive pool of in-depth analysis of animal law scenarios,” said Sheila Goffe, AKC Vice President of Government Relations. “These students represent the future of animal law. We look forward to reading this year’s responses on these cutting-edge legal issues and encourage those interested to submit their work.”

Contestants can enter now through March 31, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. EST. To learn more about the contest, including official rules and policies, please visit

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