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Membership of Lawyers for Animals and participation in our volunteer program is open to all who care about the welfare of animals – not just lawyers. However, to preserve the legal nature of the organisation, only Australian lawyers – those who have been admitted to the legal profession under the law of an Australian jurisdiction – can be elected to our Management Committee.

Annual membership is $10 student concession and $30 for all others. To join, please:

1. Read the LFA Rules of Association [PDF: 205KB]
2. Download the LFA Membership Application Form [PDF: 201KB]
3. Complete the Membership Application Form and either scan and email it to OR post it to Lawyers for Animals, Ross House 247 – 251 Flinders Lane MELBOURNE VIC 3000.
4. Pay your membership, by EITHER:
(a) transferring the relevant amount to our bank account using the details provided on our LFA Membership Application Form; OR
(b) making a recurrent annual payment using your credit card by selecting the level of membership required from the drop-down menu below and clicking on the “Subscribe” button. This will take you to a PayPal site through which you can make a secure online payment. Please note that you can cancel this recurrent payment at any time by logging into PayPal; selecting the settings menu (the cog symbol at the top of the page to the left of ‘LOG OUT’); selecting ‘Payments’ then ‘Manage pre-approved payments’; clicking on Lawyers for Animals’ name in list and selecting ‘Cancel’ beneath the subscription details.

Recurrent memberships fall due one year from the date of each payment. However, at present it is LFA policy that non-recurrent memberships fall due for renewal on 30 June each year. If your non-recurrent membership falls due for renewal, simply pay the appropriate annual renewal fee and send an email to confirming this. We will attempt to remind you if your non-recurrent membership falls due. In either case, there is no need to submit another Membership Application Form.

If you wish to update your contact details, please email





If you would like to make a one-off online donation to LFA with your credit card, please click on the button below.



If you would prefer to support LFA more regularly, please click on the button below to donate $20 per month to LFA on an ongoing basis.

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Lawyers for Animals welcomes expressions of interest from potential volunteers. Volunteers may undertake general project work or assist at the Animal Law Clinic.

Project work

Volunteer law students or lawyers may undertake research and drafting work to assist us with our current projects. If you would like to help with project work, please send your expression of interest to with some brief details about yourself, and indicate that you are interested in project work. If you have particular areas of interest, please mention them. All expressions of interest are entered into a database of prospective volunteers, who are contacted as and when assistance is required. Please note that volunteers must be current members of Lawyers for Animals.

Animal Law Clinic

The Animal Law Clinic runs on Wednesday evenings at Fitzroy Legal Service from 6:30pm. Lawyers with unrestricted practising certificates volunteer as Advisors at the Clinic. Law students and law graduates without unrestricted practising certificates volunteer as Administrative Assistants, and assist with taking file notes, research and other administrative tasks. Volunteers are typically required to commit to attending the Clinic one Wednesday per month.

At present, the Animal Law Clinic is especially keen to recruit more volunteers with unrestricted practising certificates. If you are interested in volunteering at the Clinic, please send your expression of interest to with some brief details about yourself, indicating whether or not you are a practising lawyer. If you have particular areas of interest or expertise, please mention them. All expressions of interest are entered into a database of prospective Clinic volunteers.  New volunteers will be contacted as and when needed depending on the Clinic roster. Please note that all volunteers at the Clinic must be members of both Lawyers for Animals and Fitzroy Legal Service.

Message of support to LFA from Justice Michael Kirby [PDF: 62KB]



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Though rarely acknowledged, fish suffer. Their writhing bodies and flapping gills are a desperate plea for the oxygen they breathe from water (rather than air).

Governments now understand the massive damage done to marine ecology, but there must be equal consideration for fish suffering.


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