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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 that specialize in the areas of immigration law and/or appellate advocacy.

The Eighth Annual Competition

The Eighth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition is a two-day event. 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 15, 2014 and closes on November 18, 2014. 

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: September 15, 2014 – November 18, 2014
  • Problem Release: December 1, 2014
  • Briefs Due: February 2, 2015 at 5:00pm
  • Oral Arguments: March 14 - 15, 2015
  • Awards Announced: March 15, 2015

Please submit questions to Zainab Shakoor at asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu.

Resources

Registration Form 

Competition Rules 

2014 Problem 

2013 Problem

2012 Problem

2011 Best Brief