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 Ninth Annual Competition

The Ninth 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 14, 2015 and closes on November 23, 2015. 

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: September 14, 2015 – November 23, 2015
  • Problem Release: November 30, 2015
  • Questions about Problem: January 11, 2016 by 5:00 pm
  • Briefs Due: February 5, 2016 by 5:00 pm
  • Oral Arguments: March 12 - 13, 2016
  • Awards Ceremony: March 13, 2016

Please submit questions to Steven Vong at asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu.


Competition Problem 2016

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