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 level.

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.