Client Interview involves a simulated conference in which teams of two interview a potential client for the first time. The objective is to clearly ascertain the legal problem, or problems, that their client faces and then work with them in order to achieve an appropriate outcome. Prior to the simulation, competitors will only have a brief idea as to the nature of the issue, however, they will not be required to have any knowledge of the substantive law relevant to these issues. Instead, Client Interview urges competitors to draw upon their interpersonal and professional skills in order to put their prospective client at ease.
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.
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.
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 2018 UTS LSS Client Interview Director, Ben Fong, at firstname.lastname@example.org.