UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition

The UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition is the only competition in the nation devoted exclusively to the topic of asylum and refugee law. It is also the only immigration law moot court competition on the West Coast. The competition provides law students from across the country the opportunity to participate in a hypothetical appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Competitors will write a brief as either respondent or petitioner on an issue related to asylum and refugee law. Shortly after submitting their briefs, students will participate in oral arguments. Students’ briefs and oral arguments will be judged by prominent judges, attorneys and scholars who specialize in the areas of immigration law and/or appellate advocacy.

The Tenth Annual Competition - March 4th and 5th, 2017

The Tenth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition will be held on March 4th and March 5th, 2017. Teams of two from any ABA accredited law school are encouraged to participate. Schools may choose to enter multiple teams. A maximum of three teams per school may compete. Registration opens on September 14, 2016 and closes on November 21, 2016. 

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: September 14, 2016 – November 21, 2016
  • Problem Release: December 1, 2016
  • Briefs Due: February 3, 2017 by 5:00 pm
  • Oral Arguments: March 4 - 5, 2017
  • Awards Ceremony: March 5, 2017

Please submit questions to Diem Ly Vo at asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu


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