Registration for this competition has now CLOSED.
Competitors may join the facebook group here.
The Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition takes place in a mock environment where teams of two student competitors, who play the role of lawyers, are visited by a potential client for a preliminary meeting.
With only a very brief memorandum outlining the context of the meeting provided beforehand, competitors will have a discussion with the client regarding an unknown legal problem. Within fifteen minutes each team must work together to identify the material facts relevant to the client’s legal dilemma.
The focus of the Competition is on understanding the client’s situation and communicating effectively with the client and your team member. Each client may present with a different personal demeanor — clients may be rude, shy or loud. Competitors are required to accommodate to the client’s demeanor whilst still acting in a professional manner.
On completion of the interview, competitors will confer with each other and have a discussion with the judge about the merits of the case. Teams are not judged on their ability to provide legal advice, but rather the quality of their meeting with the client and their teamwork.
The ability to effectively interview clients is regarded to be an essential skill required in many careers. Such a task requires good communication, honed interpersonal skills, teamwork and the ability to think quickly on your feet. This Competition provides a valuable opportunity to develop these skills in a constructive and simulated professional environment.
Preliminary rounds are held at Melbourne Law School, with the Grand Final being held at Corrs Chambers Westgarth on Monday 23 September 2019. Members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final.
2018 – Sophie Dole and Amber Withers
2017 – Zoe Seeberg-Gordon and Oliver Wahlstrom-Schatt
2016 – Hannah Hofmann and Mark Giuseppini
2015 – Unknown
2014 – Nancy Sui and Nicolas Brown
2013 – Simon Disney and Rachel Oldham
2012 – Rory Hudson and Bethany Rose
2011 – Jessica Dawson-Field and Ella Pope
2010 – Andrea De Souza and Jamie McCallum