The 1L Client Counseling Competition provides first year law students an opportunity to develop skills by interacting with and proposing solutions for clients. The competition simulates an office environment consultation in which each team of student-attorneys meets a client for the first time. The team attempts to obtain legally relevant factual information from the client and supplies the client with a preliminary summary of the client’s legal position and possible actions. Clients are played by second and third year students. The two winning teams of the intramural competition are coached by a BCLS professor and go on to represent the school at the annual ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition.
Teams conduct a 30 minute interview with the client, followed by 15 minutes during which student-attorneys confer with each other about their impressions of the interview itself and how they would handle the situation. Both the interview and the post-interview conference are observed and judged as part of the competitive round.
Role of Attorney-Judges:
Judges observe two one-hour rounds of counseling in an evening, providing feedback to the teams, ranking them on elements of their performances, and ultimately choosing a winning pair to move on to the next round.
Teams are evaluated on their ability to elicit information from the client, to establish a rapport with the client, to convey the necessary legal information to the client, and to plan future action.