The Client Interviewing
Competition for England & Wales
What is it all about?
The competition seeks to encourage the
promotion of the skills involved with client interviewing within an educational context.
The Client Interviewing Competition started in the UK in 1984, following its inception in
the United States. It is an annual competition for law students in interviewing and
counselling skills which centres on a simulated law office interview. Law students,
working in teams of two, interview and advise a "client". Their management of
the interview is judged according to the judging criteria e.g. establishing a good working
relationship with the client, recognising and handling the legal problems, ethical and
personal issues, including costs, and finally offering appropriate advice. The competition
requires students not merely to know the law relating to a particular subject matter, but
also to employ effective interviewing techniques and be aware of a variety of
considerations which they might not otherwise appreciate as law students. A post-interview
reflection is an integral part of the competition which allows the students to explain
their techniques, discuss the law and their projected strategies and provides
opportunity for self-criticism.