WINNERS: Jade and Charley
A leading local commercial solicitors has joined forces with De Montfort Law School to help students improve their practical legal skills.
BHW Solicitors Commercial Property Partner Bev Merrell joined Sheree Peaple, Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School and Annie Britton, Faculty Skills Co-ordinator to judge the DMU finals of the Client Interviewing Competition.
The contest aims to test not only students’ knowledge of law but also their interviewing skills – a crucial skill for any solicitor. Students are asked to take part in a mock interview with a new client and use their interviewing skills and legal knowledge to help. This year’s subject was commercial contract law.
Practical learning that goes beyond legal theory is a key feature of law courses at DMU. Students are encouraged that enhancing students’ legal skills help our graduates to stand out in a crowded jobs market and enhance their employability.
Jade Lee and Charley Guile were judged the winners and went on to the semi-finals of the Client Interviewing Competition, which took place in Sheffield. They were narrowly beaten.
Jade and Charley beat Alicia Yorke and Thomas Wyatt in the DMU finals, judged by Annie Britton, Faculty Skills Co-ordinator; Sheree Peaple, Head of Leicester De Montfort Law School and Bev Merrell, Commercial Property Partner at BHW Solicitors.
Jade said: “We didn’t expect to win, but we are really pleased.”
Charley added: “This is an area I want to work in and it’s very competitive so doing this competition is great practice.”
Alicia said: “It’s a really useful skill to have. Signing up for this competition has given me a head start for when we come to study it later.”
“Client interviewing is a really transferable skill and one which employers will look for,” said Tom.
Sheree Peaple said: “They have really picked up practical skills they need if they want to become practising lawyers. It helps their confidence and it fits into employability skills which we are trying to instil.”
Bev Merell said: “Being able to effectively interview a client is very important. What they are working on will stand them in good stead for their Legal Practice Course.”
Annie Britton added: “This competition helps students to develop high quality interpersonal skills, confidence and teamwork. All of which are essential to be a successful lawyer, and, perhaps more importantly, successful in both their broader professional and personal lives.”
The national winners will receive a trophy and a prize from the Law Society Advocacy Training Sub-Committee.
Posted on Thursday 13th February 2014