Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

2019 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition

Registration for this competition has now CLOSED.

Join the 2019 Client Interview 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.


2018 Results

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).


Competition 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


Key Dates

Information Session

Thursday 7 March 2019, Room 102, 1.00–1:30PM

  • Slides from the Information Session can be downloaded here.

Workshop

Thursday 14 March 2019, Room 102, 1:00–1:30PM

  • Slides from the Workshop can be downloaded here.

Round 1: 

Semester 1, Week 3: Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2019

Round 2: 

Semester 1, Week 5: Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April 2019

Round 3: 

Semester 1, Week 7: Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 April 2019

Round 4: 

Semester 1, Week 9: Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 May 2019

Quarter Final:

Semester 2, Week 3: Monday 12 August 2019 

Semi Final: 

Semester 2, Week 6: Monday 2 September 2019 

Grand Final:

Semester 2, Week 9: Monday 23 September 2019 


Resources

Guidebook

Download the 2019 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition Guidebook here.

Scoring Sheet

Download the 2019 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition Score Sheet here.

Judges' Guidelines

Download the 2019 Corrs Chambers Westgarth Client Interview Competition Judges' Guidelines here.

Information Session Slides

Download the slides from the 2019 Information Session here.

Workshop Slides

Download the slides from the 2019 Workshop here.


Previous Winners

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


Contact

Sophie Dole

Client Interview Competition Officer

clientinterview@mulss.com

Charlotte Lang-Waring

Client Interview Competition Officer

clientinterview@mulss.com