ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition

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Friday, February 15, 2019

12:00 PM

6:00 PM


On February 15-16, the University of North Carolina School of Law will host the American Bar Association’s Region 4 Regional Client Counseling Competition in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The American Bar Association oversees the Regional and National Client Counseling competitions. The competitions focus on law students developing skills in the preventive and counseling functions of law practice. Some of these skills include listening to the client, identifying the client’s goals, acknowledging the client’s feelings, questioning the client, and advising the client.  Law schools throughout the country host the regional competitions on a rotating basis.

The winner of this regional tournament qualifies for the National Client Counseling Competition. 

Volunteer Judges Needed: Judges for the competition include practicing attorneys and non-attorney professionals who are knowledgeable in the counseling profession (such as therapists, mediators, priests, social workers, etc.). UNC Holderness Moot Court is recruiting 40 volunteer judges, with the majority needed for preliminary rounds on Friday, 2/15.  

  • On Friday, February 15, volunteer judges are needed for 3.5 hours from approximately 1:30-5pm.
  • On Saturday, February 16, the semi-final rounds require a 2.5 hour judging commitment from approximately 9-11:30am. The final rounds will take place Saturday from approximately 1-5:00pm.
  • Unlike appellate advocacy moot court competitions, there are no research briefs to read in advance or questions to prepare to help you judge the competitors. Judges are only asked to observe the competing teams interview a client. Judges do not need to ask any questions during the interview. After the interview is over, judges are free to provide some short feedback to the teams. The ABA provides judges with a set of judging standards to help them evaluate the competitors' performances.
  • If you are interested in serving as a judge, email 2019ABARegion4ClientCounseling@gmail.com for additional information.
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