Immigration Law Competition


2018 ILC Champions

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Pat Hill & Avery Nickerson) [Team 114]

2018 ILC Runners-Up

Georgetown University Law Center (Carlton Tarpley & Shanaye Williams) [Team 115]

Started in 2006, NYU’s National Immigration Law Competition (ILC) is the NYU Moot Court Board’s annual external moot court competition, open to teams from ABA-accredited law schools other than NYU Law. The ILC focuses on cutting-edge issues in the field of immigration law and is judged by panels of distinguished NYU alumni and legal practitioners from throughout New York. The final round is judged by federal appellate and district court judges.

The 2018 National Immigration Law Competition is sponsored by Fragomen and Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners, PLLC and will be hosted at NYU from February 2, 2018 through February 4, 2018.

Please click here for the Competitor Resources Page

General Competition Schedule

*Each team’s specific competition schedule will be circulated on January 19, 2018.

November 22, 2017  Team registration payment due.
December 1, 2017  Competitors receive team number and side assignments.
December 11, 2017  Competitors receive Record (Pepper v. Nielson) and Rules.
January 15, 2018  Competitor briefs due at 11:59 PM EST.
January 17, 2018  Competitors receive all competitors’ briefs by 11:59 PM EST.
February 2, 2018 to February 4, 2018  Competition Weekend

  • Preliminary Rounds: Friday, February 2
    • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    • 4:00 – 5:30 pm
    • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Quarterfinal and Semi-final Rounds: Saturday, February 3
    • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Quarterfinals)
    • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Semi-Finals)
    • 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm : Banquet Dinner
      • Please note that a banquet dinner will take place at NYU following the arguments on Saturday, February 3. More details regarding the menu and RSVP are forthcoming.
  • Final Argument: Sunday, February 4 – Lester Pollack Colloquium, Furman Hall
    • The final argument will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 4. A reception with light refreshments will follow the conclusion of the final argument.

Please see the Rules of Competition for guidelines regarding the competition, brief grading, and oral argument scoring.

We’re always looking for more judges for our preliminary and semi-final rounds, so if you are a practicing attorney in the New York area with immigration interests or experience please contact us! All judges will receive CLE credit. If you would like to become a sponsor for next year, please contact us.

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