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 Seventh Annual Competition

The Seventh Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition is a two-day event. Eight teams will advance from the preliminary rounds to the quarter-finals.  Teams of 2 or 3 students from any ABA accredited law school are encouraged to participate.  Registration opens on September 16, 2013 and will close on November 22, 2013.

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: Sept. 23, 2013 – Nov. 22, 2013
  • Problem Release: Dec. 2, 2013 at 11:59pm
  • Briefs Due: Feb. 3, 2014 at 5:00pm
  • Oral Arguments: Weekend of March 14th, 2014
  • Awards Announced: Weekend of March 14th, 2014

Please submit questions to John Melis at jamelis@ucdavis.edu.


Registration Form

Competition Rules 

2014 Problem 

2013 Problem

2012 Problem

2011 Best Brief