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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.
Congratulations to Amber Withers and Sophie Dole for winning the 2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition. Congratulations to Deborah Tsai and Alli Paxton-Hall who were runner up.
Grand Finalists of the 2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition. Pictured (Left to Right): Josie Suen (Associate in Banking & Finance, Corrs Chambers Westgarth), Sophie Dole (Winner), Amber Withers (Winner), Alli Paxton-Hall (Runner Up), Deborah Tsai (Runner Up) and Perri Burns (Senior Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth).
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
Registration: Will open Friday 2 March 2018, 7:00PM.
Thursday 1 March 2018, Room 102, 1.00–1:30PM (the Negotiation Competition information session is immediately after this, in the same room!).
Thursday 8 March 2018, Room 102, 1:00–1:30PM
Semester 1, Week 3: Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March 2018
Semester 1, Week 5: Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March 2018
Semester 2, Week 7: Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 April 2018
Semester 2, Week 9: Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May 2018
Semester 2, Week 3: Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 August 2018
Semester 2, Week 6: Monday 27 August 2018
Semester 2, Week 8: Monday 10 Setpember, 6:30pm at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Melbourne Office
Download the 2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Guidebook here.
Download the 2018 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Score Sheet here.
2018: Sophie Dole and Amber Withers
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