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 Fourteenth Annual Competition - March 6th and March 7th, 2021

The Fourteenth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition will be held virtually on March 6th and March 7th, 2021. 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.

Registration opens on September 1, 2020 and closes on November 9, 2019. 


Registration Price: $400
Additional Team Registration Price: $300
Teams must also fill out this Registration Form to complete their registration.

Important Competition Dates

  • Registration: September 1, 2020
  • Problem Released: November 13, 2020
  • Team Assignments: November 14, 2020
  • Questions About the Problem are Due: January 10, 2021
  • Answers to Problem Questions Will Be Posted: January 15, 2021
  • Briefs Due: February 5, 2021 by 5:00 PM PST
  • Virtual Oral Arguments: March 6, 2021 – March 7, 2021 
  • Awards Ceremony: March 7, 2021

Please submit questions to asylumcomp@law.ucdavis.edu

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2021 Asylum Competition Problem

Competition Rules

Registration Form

Certificate of Adherence