Essex Client Interviewing Competition

The 2020/21 Essex Client International Competition is organised by the School of Law. This is an opportunity for Law students to develop new/further skills in relation to client interviewing.

What is client interviewing? Law students work in teams of two in a simulated law office (on zoom). 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.

How to apply
To register a place, please send an email titled ‘Client Interviewing 2020’ to lawhrcevents@essex.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your name
  • University email address
  • Year of study
  • Whether you are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate
  • 250 words on why you would like to enter the client interviewing competition
  • What time zone are you in if you are outside the UK.
  • Restrictions on your availability, due to classes or work, on the following dates:
    • Monday 7 December 2020 and Friday 11 December 2020 (a 1 hour practice interview slot will be allocated by the organising team).
    • Monday 14 December 2020 and Tuesday 15 December 2020 (a 30 minute competition interview slot will be allocated by the organising team).

The selected students will be allocated into teams of two for the competition. If you have a preference for who you would like to be in a team with then please include that in the email.

The deadline for registering is 27 November 2020 at 1pm UK time.

Online Training
Online training will be provided for the competition by Liz Fisher-Frank and Colin Moore. These sessions will introduce the basics of client interviewing, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) rules, and the National Client Interviewing Competition.

Live practice sessions
Successful applicants will allocated a one hour slot on either Monday 7 December 2020 or Friday 11 December 2020 with your partner. Your group will be paired with another group, with both groups having an opportunity to do a practice interview/act as the client being interviewed. Feedback/coaching will be provided by a competition judge.

Note: These sessions build on training given by Essex Law Clinic, but focus on competition participation, and understanding the SRA rules, which are vital in practice. There is no requirement to have completed law clinic training before entering this competition.

Competition
The final will take place on Monday 14 December 2020 and Tuesday 15 December 2020, you will be allocated a 30 minute assessed interview on Zoom.

Further information
Please email Colin Moore or Liz Fisher-Frank if you have any questions.

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