The annual Client Interviewing Competition
The annual Client Interviewing Competition is a national competition for undergraduate and postgraduate law students. The competition is arranged and run by a committee of academics from law schools across England & Wales. The ethos of the competition is to encourage students to develop of the skills involved with client interviewing and counselling within an educational context.
“Originally wanting to complete the BPTC and changing pathways in my final year of University to follow the solicitor route, I was in search of a CV-enhancing activity, tailored to my latest career change. The competition provided the perfect opportunity to demonstrate legal knowledge, coinciding with showcasing the ability to remain professional and empathetic where appropriate. From winning Keele’s competition, myself and my partner, Zak Morris, were launched into a world filled with competitive spirit.” Martha Holland
The national competition holds an annual training day in preparation for the Regional heats (2 interviews) with the top scoring teams from each region going through to the Competition final (3 interviews). In a law office simulation, each pair of students interview and advise a “client” (a role played by an actor). The team is assessed by lawyers in practice and independent academics, according to clearly described criteria which takes into account skills including; developing a professional relationship, obtaining information, problem and legal analysis, giving advice, teamwork and ethical behaviour.
As Winners of the internal competition, level 3 law students team Zac Morris and Martha Holland attended the regional competition and were ranked 1st out of 14 teams hosted by Sheffield Hallam University and second out of all competitors nationally. This score gave the Keele team the opportunity to attend the final hosted by the University of Greenwich on 10th March, where they ranked 5th out of the 10 teams, selected from the 39 teams that entered this year. Prizes were given by the Law Society of England & Wales.
“This competition has made me realise that being a solicitor is the route that is right for me. I would encourage anyone that is even thinking about being a solicitor to enter the internal competition, you could go a long way. Since this competition, I also feel more confident in many aspects of life. Some instances would be in networking, on the CLOCK desk, when I am being interviewed and dealing with new people (in both professional and social contexts). Keele has provided many opportunities to me over the 3 years besides just client interviewing. I would implore anyone to grasp these chances and make the most of them whilst you can!” Zac Morris