About

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. 42 law schools entered the 2019 competition. In preparation for the competition, we ran three National Training Day events hosted by the University of Law (Moorgate), University of Central Lancashire and Oxford Brookes University on 26 January 2019 where over 150 students and staff were briefed and took part in practice interviews with feedback from experienced coaches and ex winners of the competition.

78 students from 39 law schools then competed in the 3 regional competitions held at Keele University, University of Kent  and University of Exeter with the top 10 law schools taking part in the finals hosted by the University of West of England.  You can download a list of all our previous winners.