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 Eleventh Annual Competition - March 3rd and 4th, 2018

The Eleventh Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition will be held on March 3rd and March 4th, 2018. 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 October 12, 2017 and closes on November 29, 2017. 

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: October 12, 2017 – November 29, 2017
  • Team Assignments: November 29, 2017 – December, 6, 2017 
  • Problem Release: December 6, 2017
  • Briefs Due: February 2, 2018 by 5:00 PM PST
  • Oral Arguments: March 3 - 4, 2018
  • Awards Ceremony: March 4, 2018

Please submit questions to asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu


Competition Problem 2017-2018

Registration Form

Competition Rules