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About the Client Counseling 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.

Please send any questions to competitions@americanbar.org.

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

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Updates for the 2017-18 season will be available in the fall.

2017-2018 Client Counseling Dates and Locations

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
November 1, 2017

Regional Assignments

Regional Host Schools

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.

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.

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.

Team Composition

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.

Competition Dates

Competition Dates

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Membership Requirements

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