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Client Counseling Competition


General Information

Registration for the 2015-16 Client Counseling Competition is now closed.

Host Dates and Locations

2015-16 Competition Topic: “Criminal Law and Procedure.”

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

Competitor Name Form

Competitor Names are due by January 15, 2015. Please verify your competitor’s ABA Memberships are active and complete the Competitor Name Form.

Competition Rules and Guidelines

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.

2015-2016 Client Counseling Competition
Dates and Locations

Host Dates and Locations

2015-16 Important Dates & Deadlines

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
November 1, 2015

Competitors’ Names & ABA Membership ID Numbers Due
January 15, 2016

Regional Problem Distributed
January 27, 2016
February 3, 2016

Regional Competitions
February 5-6, 2016
February 12-13, 2016

National Problem Distributed
March 23, 2016

National Finals (Baylor Law School, Waco, TX)
April 1-2, 2016

2015 International Client Consultation Competition
International Client Consultation Competition
April 27-30, 2016 University of Windsor (Canada)
(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 members for the current school year to be eligible to compete.

In 2015-16 all student memberships are Free! Register your competitors and alternates today.

To join, please call the ABA Service Center at 800.285.2221 or join here.