Academic Programs

Client Counseling Competition 2015

NOTE: Last year's information is posted below. This website will be updated with the 2015 dates and information later in the fall.

The Client Counseling Competition focuses on the skills essential to effective client communication. Sponsored by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association, this competition involves teams of two students each who engage in an initial consultation with a client about whom they have limited information. Judges score each team according to nationally based criteria, assessing students’ knowledge of the law and their ability to ask the right questions and elicit the important information. Winners proceed to competitions at the regional and national level.

2014 - 2015 Directors: Harrison Kaplan, Emily Kraus, Jaime Margolis, and Holly Ovington


Important Dates and Information

Information Session
January 17, Noon, in Room 520

This session is mandatory for all first-time competitors and will discuss competition logistics and the application process. At least one member from each team must attend.

Application Due
Sunday, January 19
by 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility and Application Due Date

Applications (one per TEAM) must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. If you experience trouble with the form, please email

To be eligible to compete, you must be available for at least one of the two Preliminary Round dates, as well as the Final Round date, the Regional Competition dates, and the National Competition dates (see below). You will have an opportunity on the Application Form to let us know about your Preliminary Round date preference.

Teams will be selected by lottery, with a preference given to teams that were not selected to compete in the 2013 competition. Slots will be set aside for teams from each class year. Please only fill out ONE application for each team of two. The teams selected to compete will be notified as soon as possible.

Intramural Competition

Teams of two students each will compete in a simulated client counseling session based on a hypothetical fact pattern.

Preliminary Rounds will take place on Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30- 9:30 p.m.

The Final Round will take place on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Two teams will be selected to represent BU at the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition. The top 2-3 teams from the Regional Competition will advance to the National Competition.

ABA Regional and National Competitions

Regional Competition: February 8 at Florida Coastal School of Law (will require travel from Feb. 7-9)
National Competition: March 21-22 at University of Oklahoma College of Law

Important Documents

Application Link