Immigration Law Competition


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 2019 National Immigration Law Competition is sponsored by Fragomen and will be hosted at NYU from February 1, 2019 through February 3, 2019.

The application to register is here.

2019 ILC Gold SponsorGeneral Competition Schedule

*Each team’s specific competition schedule will be circulated on January 18, 2019.

November 16, 2018 Team applications due.
November 23, 2018 Team registration payment due.
December 3, 2018  Competitors receive team number and side assignments.
December 19, 2018  Competitors receive Record and Rules.
January 14, 2019  Competitor briefs due at 11:59 PM EST.
January 17, 2019  Competitors receive all competitors’ briefs by 11:59 PM EST.
February 1, 2019 to February 3, 2019  Competition Weekend

  • Preliminary Rounds: Friday, February 1
  • Quarterfinal and Semi-final Rounds: Saturday, February 2
  • Final Argument: Sunday, February 3 – Lester Pollack Colloquium, Furman Hall

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.

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]