3Ls Ryan Raybould and Caitlin Shetter recently competed in the Fifth Annual UC Davis Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition. Ms. Shetter and Mr. Raybould made it to the finals and placed fifth out of 22 teams nationally, earning Notre Dame Law School a plaque and a Top 8 placement in Notre Dame’s first year participating in this moot court competition.
The team earned top marks from the judges and high praise for Notre Dame.
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. The competition provides law students from across the country the opportunity to participate in a hypothetical appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Competitors wrote a brief as either respondent or petitioner on an issue related to asylum and refugee law. Shortly after submitting their briefs, the students participated in oral arguments. Students’ briefs and oral arguments were judged by prominent judges, attorneys, and scholars who specialize in the areas of immigration law or appellate advocacy.