The Williams Institute hosts the premier national moot court competition dedicated exclusively to sexual orientation and gender identity law. The competition provides an opportunity for law student competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and argue the case before a panel of judges.

Registration for our 2024 moot court competition is now full. To join the waitlist, please complete this form.

Sign up to be a volunteer timekeeper for the preliminary rounds on March 16, 2024

2023-2024 Competition Calendar

November 1, 2023 – Registration opens
December 1, 2023 – Registration closes
December 8, 2023 – Problem released
February 6, 2024 – Last day for questions/problem clarification
February 13, 2024 – Briefs due
March 16, 2024 – Preliminary, quarter-final, and semi-final rounds
April 5, 2024 – Final round of competition

Official Rules

For rules and information about the competition, please see our most recent Williams Institute Annual Moot Court Competition Official Rules 2023-2024.


There is a non-refundable registration fee of $450.


The winning team will receive a prize of $500. Prizes of $200 will also be given for the best brief and the best oral advocate.


A block of rooms has been reserved for moot court participants at the UCLA Guest House. Room rates are $229-$239 per night (tax-exempt). To make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at (310) 825-2923 and request a room under the “UCLA Williams Institute Moot Court Competition” room block or reserve online. The reservation deadline is 3pm PT on February 8, 2024. 

All hotel charges are the responsibility of guests and early reservations are strongly suggested. Several other hotels are available in the immediate area as well.

Contact Information

For additional information or questions regarding the competition please email the Moot Court Board at