The Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition (the 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.
Time commitment: One of the best things about this competition is that there is very little preparation needed! You should give yourself time to read and familiarise yourself with the brief, but this should take less than one hour. Client interview is mainly based on how you handle the situation and react on your feet.
Team size: 2 members.
Attire: Please wear business attire.
Information Session & Skills Workshop:
Thursday 9 March, Room G08 1.00PM-2.00PM
Semester 1, Week 3: Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 March
Semester 1, Week 5: Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 March
Semester 2, Week 7: Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April
Semester 2, Week 9: Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May
Semester 2, Week 3: Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 August
Semester 2, Week 6: Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 August
Download the 2017 Guidebook here.
Download the Score Sheet here.
2016: Hannah Hofmann and Mark Guiseppini
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