Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition

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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.


Registration Details

Time commitment: One of the best things about this competition is that there is very little preparation needed! The problem is usually less than 3 lines long. You should give yourself time to read and familiarise yourself with the brief, but this should take less than half an hour. Client interview is mainly based on how you handle the situation and react on your feet.

Team size: 2 members

Attire: Business

Registration: Will open Friday 2 March 2018, 7:00PM.


Key Dates

Information Session

Thursday 1 March 2018, Room 102, 1.00–1:30PM (the Negotiation Competition information session is immediately after this, in the same room!).

  • Memo for 2018 Info Session Demo can be downloaded here.
  • Skills workshop slides can be downloaded here.

Workshop

Thursday 8 March 2018, Room 102, 1:00–1:30PM

Round 1: 

Semester 1, Week 3: Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March 2018

Round 2: 

Semester 1, Week 5: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March 2018

Round 3: 

Semester 2, Week 7: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April 2018

Round 4: 

Semester 2, Week 9: Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May 2018

Quarter Final:

Semester 2, Week 3: Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 August 2018

Semi Final: 

Semester 2, Week 6: Monday 27 August 2018

Grand Final:

Semester 2, Week 8: Monday 10 Setpember, 6:30pm at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Melbourne Office

 


Resources

Guidebook

Download the 2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Guidebook here.

Scoring Sheet

Download the 2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Score Sheet here.


Previous Winners

2017: Zoe Seeberg-Gordon and Oliver Wahlstrom-Schatt

2016: Hannah Hofmann and Mark Giuseppini

2015: Chris Fitzgerald and Jack Golding

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


Contact

Elizabeth Georgiou

Client Interview Competition Officer

melbunilssclientinterview@gmail.com

Matthew Gough

Client Interview Competition Officer

melbunilssclientinterview@gmail.com