March 10- ABA national competition at Stetson Law March 12-13

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Gulfport, Fla. – For the second consecutive year, the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s client counseling national champion will be crowned at Stetson University College of Law during the National Client Counseling Competition, March 12-13.

The top 15 teams from schools as far away as Hawaii, Washington and British Columbia will face-off in four rounds of competition Saturday. The national champion will go on to compete at the International Client Counseling Competition in Glasgow, Scotland, later this spring.

“It is an honor that Stetson has hosted three international or national client counseling competitions within the past three years,” said Professor Kelly Feeley.

Students from approximately 100 law schools from around the country and Canada participated in 12 regional competitions last month. The regional winners advanced to compete at Stetson.

The events will kick off Friday night with a reception and an awards banquet in Stetson’s Great Hall.

Since its inception in 1969, the National Client Counseling Competition has prepared law students for situations they will encounter when they begin to practice their profession. It focuses on teaching students to ask the right questions, build a rapport with the client and advise the client on legal options and the likelihood of success.

The competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are faced with a client situation. The students conduct an interview with a person acting as the client and then explain how they would move forward with the hypothetical situation.