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Register for the 2016-17 Client Counseling Competition

2016-17 Client Counseling Registration

For registration assistance, please see the Competition Registration Troubleshooting Guide, or email competitions@americanbar.org.

About the Competition

The Client Counseling competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all successful attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel, and support a client through their legal issue.  Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs.  Students are called on to explain various aspects  of the attorney-client relationship, build rapport, determine client goals, and consider applicable law and options that may be available to the client.

2016-17 Competition Topic: Privacy Law

Registration will be open June 1, 2016 through November 1, 2016

Entry Fee:
First Team $325
Second Team $300 (if space is available)

Competitor Names are due by January 16, 2017. Please verify your competitor’s ABA Memberships are active before completing the Competitor Name Form (coming soon).

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Regional Host Schools

2015-2021 Regional Host schools will be posted as dates and locations are finalized throughout the summer.

2015-2021 Client Counseling Regional Host Rotation Schedule

Schools listed in the rotation schedule are not confirmed hosts until they are listed in the Dates and Locations section below.

The Client Counseling Competition depends on law schools to host the regional competitions. To create a fair rotation of this responsibility we have created the Host Rotation Schedule and assigned participating schools to upcoming years. Please review this rotation to see when your school is assigned to host. If you cannot host in the year assigned, please contact sara.stretch@americanbar.org.

Regional Assignments

Once all the locations are finalized, each registered law school will be given the opportunity to rank their regional preference for Host Schools. The Law Student Division will use its best efforts to assign each school to its first or second choice. Priority will be given to those schools in geographic proximity of their first or second choice. Any School who does not complete the form will be assigned as space is available.

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment. Participants should not make travel plans until they have received their official regional assignment from the ABA Law Student Division and confirmation of the competition dates from the regional Host School.

2016-2017 Client Counseling Competition Dates and Locations

Host Dates and Locations will be posted as they are finalized throughout the summer.

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
November 1, 2016

Competitors’ Names & ABA Membership ID Numbers Due
January 16, 2017

Regional Problem Distributed
January 25, 2017 (Feb 3-5 regionals)
February 1, 2017 (Feb 10-12 regionals)

Regional Competitions
February 3-5, 2017
February 10-12, 2017

National Problem Distributed
March 1, 2017

National Finals (University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK)
March

2017 International Client Consultation Competition
TBD
(U.S. team will need a passport)

Team Composition and Membership Requirement

A team consists of two JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school who conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client. This includes eliciting facts, advising about the relevant law, and providing options for proceeding, and assisting the client to make an informed choice.

The regional competition consists of three qualifying rounds with each team competing indirectly against one or two other teams in each round. The teams are presented with a different client matter in each round. After the qualifying rounds, the top six teams advance to the semifinal round, culminating with the three winning teams in the final round.

All competition participants are required to be ABA Law Student Division Premium members for the current school year to be eligible to compete. Membership is $25 for the year. To join, please call the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 or visit the ABA website at http://www.americanbar.org/join.