See a discussion on assessment criteria

Members of the Training Group discuss the competition's assessment criteria (2022).

Faculty Advisers can access more materials on the Teaching Resources page.

Rules (2024)

Assessment Criteria

What skills do I need?

CIC Student Blog produced by Amy Bell (Sunderland law student and runner up 2017)

2017 sample roles

Training Day roles: Anderson, Bucket, Caldwell, Dent

Videos and articles

Oxford Brookes team at 2010 International Client Consultation Competition: Part 1, 2, 3 and 4.

See materials at International Client Consultation Competition website.

Graham Robson: How Client Interviewing Skills Can Raise the Stakes LSG 2015

Clark Cunningham: The Client's Perspective on the Initial Interview (2001)

Law Society: Client Information Requirements (2019) (account required)


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Chapman, J Interviewing and Counselling (Cavendish, 1993)

Clawar, S You and your clients: a guide to client management skills for a more successful practice (ABA, 1996)

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Sherr, A. Client Care for Lawyers (Sweet & Maxwell, 1999)

Twist, H. Effective Interviewing (Blackstone Press, 1992)


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