Naman Howell Smith Lee Client Counseling Competition

December 5 - 8, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Second- and third-year students may participate in the annual Naman Howell Smith and Lee Intrascholastic Client Counseling Competition.

The competition allows students to develop effective and efficient interviewing and counseling skills. Students must also discuss practical issues with their clients, such as confidentiality, fee arrangements, engagement letters, conflicts of interest, professional and ethical conduct, general litigation procedures, and alternative dispute resolution methods.

In each round of the competition, teams of two students interview and counsel a "new client" with an undisclosed problem.

Students will be evaluated based on their capacity to build a strong connection with the client, uncover pertinent information, pinpoint potential non-legal and legal courses of action aligned with the client's goals, clearly communicate options to the client, and address any questions or concerns the client may have.