Professional Skills

Client Interview / Junior Client Interview

In a profession where it is essential to clearly understand what the client wants and maintaining a good client relationship, the Client Interview Competition serves as a valuable experience to build skills in this area.

There is no necessary prerequisite for this competition, as students in any year are able to compete. In teams of two, students (acting as lawyers) interview a client in a hypothetical first consultation.

Prior to the competition, teams are provided with a short memorandum which outlines the client’s problem. Students are then expected to extract all relevant information from the client and arrive to a conclusion about the nature of the problem during a 30-40 minute session.

The Grand Final of this competition is judged by some of Sydney’s leading solicitors, academics and other legal professionals.

Negotiations

The Negotiations Competition is designed to test and refine legal negotiation skills. As over 80 percent of disputes are settled outside of court in NSW, all students will find these skills useful when communicating with other lawyers and third parties.

 

Two teams, consisting of two law students each, receive a series of common facts and some exclusive material prior to the negotiation. A 40 minute battle of careful investigation and negotiation tactics follow once both teams have prepared and analysed the needs of their client.

 

 

Paper Presentation

The Paper Presentation Competition invites students from all years to submit and present a paper they have written for a Law subject. All papers will be considered but those marked with a Distinction or High Distinction will be most sought after.

A diverse range of experienced and highly knowledgeable judges will comprise the judging panel and will mark all papers. As well as submitting the paper to be marked, all competitors must make a 10 minute oral presentation to the judging panel.

The five highest scoring competitors will present their paper again at the Grand Final in front of top legal figures including judges, barristers, solicitors and academics. In 2010, our judging panel included Professor David Weisbrot AM.