Client Interview

Registration for this competition has NOW CLOSED.

The 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 online via Zoom, with the Grand Final being hosted at the Sponsor firm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the Grand Final.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kim Borchard and Leo Monichino at clientinterview@mulss.com.

2021 KEY DATES

Round 1: 15th and 16th March
Round 2: 29th and 30th March
Round 3: 19th and 20th April
Round 4: 3rd and 4th May
Quarter-Final: 2nd August
Semi-Final: 23rd August
Grand Final: 13th September

Dates and locations are subject to change.


KEY DOCUMENTS


2020 RESULTS

Winners – Felicity O’Brien and Sam Porz
Runners Up – Catherine Wen and Kim Borchard
Judges – Charlotte Lang-Waring and Sophie Dole

Congratulations to Felicity O’Brien and Sam Porz for winning the 2020 MULSS Client Interview Competition!

Congratulations to Catherine Wen and Kim Borchard who were the Runners Up of the Competition!

Thank you to our Co-opts Matt Breau & Isabella Argitis and thank you to all participants.


PAST WINNERS

2020 – Felicity O’Brien and Sam Porz

2019 – Pearl Chen and Koko Watanabe

2018 – Sophie Dole and Amber Withers

2017 – Zoe Seeberg-Gordon and Oliver Wahlstrom-Schatt 

2016 – Hannah Hofmann and Mark Giuseppini