The Client Interviewing Competition is a competition for law
students run by a committee of law academics from law schools in England &
Wales with prizes given by the Law Society of England & Wales. It is part
of the International Client Consultation Competition.
The competition is an annual event which encourages the
promotion and development of the skills involved with client interviewing and
counselling within an educational context. Its prime aim is to promote the development of
lawyers' soft skills and to enable law students to practise them at a high
Law students work in teams of two in a simulated law office.
They interview and advise a “client” -a role-playing actor. They are assessed
according to clearly described criteria which take into account interpersonal
skills as well as their ability to handle a legal problem. 31 law schools entered the 2017 competition. 56
students competed in regional competitions held in 10 law schools across
England & Wales with the finals hosted by Ashfords solicitors at
their offices in Exeter. We had a very successful National Training Day sponsored by Ashfords at
Oxford Brookes University on 28 January 2017 where over 85 students were
briefed and took part in practice interviews with feedback from experienced
coaches and ex winners of the competition. You can see a list of all our previous winners.
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC.
Graham Robson (Legal Skills Trainer) and Julie Price (Cardiff).
Directors: Matthew Parry (Cardiff), Marc Howe (Oxford Brookes) and Kate
members: Johanne Thompson (Kent), Anna Deans (Sheffield Hallam) and Christine Rinic (Winchester).