Registration for teams to participate in the National Client Counseling Competition 2024 has begun
Registration for teams to participate in the National Client Counseling Competition 2024 has begun
The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine announces the beginning of registration for teams to participate in the National Client Counseling Competition. The competition will take place offline from March 7th to 9th, 2024, at the National University “Ostroh Academy” (Ostroh, Rivne region). This year’s competition will focus on international humanitarian law and will be conducted in English.

About the Competition

The National Client Counseling Competition is an annual competition among teams from legal clinics of Ukraine aimed at promoting deeper knowledge and interest among law students in the fields of preventive law and consultation functions of legal practice. The competition helps develop skills in client interviewing, planning, and analysis necessary for future lawyers.

The competition simulates the process of interviewing and counseling in a legal office involving two practicing lawyers and a client played by an invited actor. The participants’ goal is to establish interaction with the client, conduct a thorough interview to gather as many details as possible about the situation requiring resolution, and help the client understand the essence of the problem and possible solutions.

Traditionally, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine hosts the competition each spring to determine the best team of student consultants who will represent Ukraine at the Brown-Mosten International Client Counseling Competition.

Registration and Participation

Teams from legal clinics consisting of two clinic consultants may participate in the competition. Only one team may represent each clinic. Participants from previous competitions, except for the winners, are eligible to participate.

To participate in the competition, teams must fill out the registration form by February 27th, 2024. Potential participants must record the first stage of the client interview – introduction and explanation of terms (before the client’s story begins). The link to this video should be provided in the form (please note – the video must be viewable by invitation). IMPORTANT: To ensure confidentiality, the team should not mention their legal clinic or educational institution in the video. During video preparation and preparation for the competition, official Evaluation Criteria should be used, which can be found at the provided link.

The Rules of the National Client Counseling Competition can be found at the provided link.

A maximum of 12 teams will be admitted to the competition. If the organizers receive more than 12 applications, team selection will be based on the evaluation of recorded videos of the initial interview.

Selected teams will be notified of the selection results no later than February 29th, 2024, to the email addresses provided in the form.

Competition Scenarios

Short scenarios of the competition will be published on the ALCU website approximately 21 days before the start of the competition.

Program of the 2024 Competition

The tentative program of the competition can be found here.

International Client Counseling Competition

The winners (or another team composition as determined by Section VII of the Rules) of the National Client Counseling Competition will represent Ukraine at the Brown-Mosten International Client Counseling Competition.

This year, the international competition will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine. It will take place from April 10th to 13th, 2024, at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. The theme of the competition is international humanitarian law.

Registration for teams to participate in the National Client Counseling Competition 2024 has begun
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