Client Interview a simulated conference in which teams of two lawyers interview a potential client for the first time. The overall objective is to clearly ascertain the legal problem the client faces, provide some feedback as to what options are available to the client and attempt to work with the client to achieve an appropriate outcome.
Given these objectives, no knowledge of the substantive law is necessary. Prior to the interview, the solicitors only have a brief idea as to the nature of this issue. This usually consists of a short memorandum, such as a law office secretary might give to interviewing practitioners when a client has called to make an appointment. The client interview is conducted professionally, including a discussion of fees, confidentiality and contact information.
Client Interview draws upon interpersonal skills and forces students to listen, act and respond in a professional way to put the prospective client at ease. The competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop their client interview technique and enhance their skills of perception and communication, proficiencies which are essential in day-to-day legal practice. Rather than being directed at legal research like some of the other competitions, there is no need for specific research or review prior to each round of Client Interview.
How to Participate
Client Interview at UTS is divided into two broad categories:
- Junior Client Interview is run over four/five weeks in the Spring semester. This competition is open to first and second year students who are financial members of the UTS LSS and have never participated in the competition before.
- Open Client Interview is run over four/five weeks in the Autumn semester. This competition is open to all financial members of the UTS LSS.
Information on how to apply will be available soon!
Is Previous Experience Necessary?
No previous experience is required!
Historically, students often begin at the junior level before attempting a senior competition. However, there is no experience pre-requisite for any competition and those students who enter Senior Client Interview without experience will learn the necessary skills quickly.
To see a tutorial video for Client Interview, click here.
Competition Handbook, Rules and Score Sheet
To view the Client Interview Handbook, click here.
To view the Client Interview Rules, click here.
To view the Client Interview Score Sheet, click here.
If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please provide your email address here.
For more information, please contact the 2017 UTS LSS Client Interview Director, Jackson Kang, at firstname.lastname@example.org.