Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Success for the School of Law at the National Client Interviewing Competition

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

client interviewing

Two students from Oxford Brookes’ School of Law took the top spot in the Regional Heat of the Client Interviewing Competition of England and Wales on Wednesday 10 February.

Graduate Diploma in Law students Helen Bray and Will Mitchell gave an excellent performance during the heat, which took place at the University of Reading, and defeated the Universities of Reading, Hertfordshire and Surrey. Will said: “I was delighted to win the regional heat with Helen. We had worked hard towards this result, with both internal and external support and coaching so it was very pleasing for that to pay off.

“Client interviewing is a very rewarding way to put the academic learning you have done into practice. Giving advice to a client requires the ability to convey the law accurately, in a straightforward way and so that the client has confidence in you. That is a true test of whether you have understood the academic learning you have done.”

The pair will now represent Oxford Brookes in the National Final which is taking place at the Sheffield offices of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors on Saturday 12 March. Winners of the national competition will then go on to compete in the international competition which this year, takes place at the University of Windsor in Canada.

Client interviewing is a very rewarding way to put the academic learning you have done into practice. Will Mitchell, Graduate Diploma in Law student, Oxford Brookes University

Universities and Law Schools across the UK take part in the annual competition which aims to encourage the promotion and development of the invaluable skills involved with client interviewing, counselling and centres on a simulated law office interview.

Principal Lecturer in Law Marc Howe said: “The continuing success of Oxford Brookes teams at the Client Interviewing Competition is testament to their hard work and skills as future lawyers”.

Law students, working in teams of two, interview and advise a client – a role-playing actor. They are assessed on interpersonal skills as well as their ability to handle a legal problem.

Oxford Brookes University also hosted the Client Interviewing Competition’s National Training Day in January which invited all the teams entering the competition. Students had the opportunity to take part in demonstrations, discussions and critique of client interviewing skills and ask questions to experienced judges, faculty coaches and past competitors.

Information about studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes University can be found on the School of Law webpages.