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Oxford Brookes Law students take part in National Client Interviewing competition

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Client Interviewing

The Oxford Brookes School of Law client interviewing team represented the University in the Client Interviewing Competition of England and Wales on Saturday 11 March.

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) students, Elly Warner-Kennedy and Rachel Collis, performed extremely well in the competition, winning their regional heat, and finishing in 4th place overall in the national final. They were also the highest placed GDL team in the competition.

Client interviewing competitions involve working as a team of two to interview and advise a “client” (a role-playing actor). Teams are observed and judged on criteria like interpersonal skills and the ability to handle a legal problem. Client interviewing is an important skill for all trainee lawyers to develop, as it involves establishing a relationship with a client, communicating with them, and providing advice based on the nature of the legal problem they discern.

Principal Lecturer in Law and National Training Director of Client Interviewing Competition, Marc Howe said “Elly and Rachel performed extremely well, and can be very proud of their achievements in the client interviewing competition".

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