The Williams Institute hosts the only national moot court competition dedicated exclusively to sexual orientation and gender identity law. Now in its 16th year, the competition provides an opportunity for law student competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and to argue the case before a panel of judges.

For rules and information about the upcoming competition, please see the Williams Institute Annual Moot Court Competition Official Rules 2019-2020.

2019-2020 Competition Calendar

November 1, 2019 – Registration opens
December 2, 2019 – Registration closes
December 17, 2019 – Problem released
February 11, 2020 – Last day for questions/problem clarification
February 17, 2020 – Briefs due
March 21, 2020 – Preliminary, quarter-final and semi-final rounds
April 3, 2020 – Final round of competition


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 $209 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. The reservation deadline is 3pm PT on February 18, 2020. 

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