School of Law

Queen Mary Client Interviewing Competition

Georgia Moorhouse, LLB Law Student: In late January 2015 Queen Mary Law Society launched their first Client Interviewing competition following the success of the mooting and the negotiation competition.

13 February 2015

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Following the aim of the national competition the Queen Mary Law society are looking to encourage the promotion and development of the skills involved with client interviewing within an educational context. We aspire to make this an annual event, focussing on the soft skills of law to compliment the academic requirements of mooting.  The competition involves students, working in teams of two, interviewing and advising a “client” (a role-playing actor). They are assessed according to clearly described criteria which take into account interpersonal skills as well as their ability to handle a legal problem.  The primary aim of this competition is to promote the development of lawyers' soft skills and to enable law students to practise them at a high level.
Not only has this competition been a fantastic opportunity for the members of the law society but it has also helped cultivate greater collaboration between the Law Society and the Queen Mary Theatre Company; two of the largest societies on the Mile End campus. The clients for the competition are being played superbly by actors from the Theatre Company, helping to create a more realistic scenario and professional set up.
The final of this competition will be held in the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, and from the quality of the participants and the actors we have seen so far it should be a fantastic showcase of Queen Mary law students.