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Client Counseling Competition

Each year, the Office of Student Life hosts the American Bar Association Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition. This competition helps students develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills necessary to the lawyer-client relationship by simulating a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, conduct interviews with people playing the roles of clients and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situations.

A workshop and competition training session covering interviewing and counseling principles is held each year prior to the competition, usually in the fall term. All interested students are welcome to attend the workshop, but those who wish to participate in the competition must attend the training. The workshop usually takes place one to two weeks prior to the competition.

The Client Counseling Competition focuses on various areas of law from year to year. Recent areas of law have been human rights/civil liberties, professional responsibility, and torts law.