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 Fifteenth Annual Competition - March 5th and March 6th, 2022


The Fifteenth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition will be held VIRTUALLY on March 5th and March 6th, 2022. Teams of two from any ABA accredited law school are encouraged to participate. A registration limit of twelve (12) teams is in place this year; however, schools may choose to enter multiple teams. A maximum of two teams per school may compete.

Please note that, as of January 12, 2021, the Fifteenth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition has been shifted to a virtual format. 

Registration is now closed; we have reached the registration limit. Thank you to all who applied!

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration Closes: November 1, 2021
  • Problem Released: TBA
  • Team Assignments: November 8, 2021
  • Questions About the Problem are Due: January 10, 2022
  • Answers to Problem Questions Will Be Posted: January 15, 2022
  • Briefs Due: February 5, 2022 by 5:00 PM PST
  • Virtual Oral Arguments: March 5, 2022 – March 6, 2022
  • Awards Ceremony: March 6, 2022

Please submit questions to asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu

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Competition Rules

Registration Form

Certificate of Adherence

2022 Problem (updated 01/09/22)

Responses to Questions re: Problem (2022)