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 Thirteenth Annual Competition - February 29th and March 1st, 2020

The Thirteenth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition will be held on February 29th and March 1st, 2020. 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 24, 2019 and closes on November 9, 2019. 

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: September 24, 2019 - November 9, 2019
  • Problem Release: November 15, 2019
  • Team Assignments: November 16, 2019
  • Questions About the Problem are Due: January 6, 2020
  • Answers to Problem Questions Will Be Posted: January 10, 2020
  • Briefs Due: January 27, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST
  • Oral Arguments: February 29, 2020 - March 1, 2020
  • Awards Ceremony: March 1, 2020

Please submit questions to asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu


Competition Problem 2019-2020 

Registration Form

Certificate of Adherence 

Competition Rules