The Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition is an annual competition for the winners of national competitions across the world. It provides an exciting opportunity for law students to learn and practice interviewing and counselling skills as well as to meet student and newly-trained lawyers from an amazing range of nations and cultures. In recent years, law students from 38 countries have taken part: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, England, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan and Wales. Each year has a different law subject around which the consultations take place.
Registration is now open for this year's competition, which will be hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine. It will be held at John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Poland from 10-13 April 2024. The topic will be International Humanitarian Law.
What Students Say
"The competition was a lot of fun, but it also helped me to develop a lot of the soft skills that employers look for. I enjoyed the whole interview process: the niceties around ensuring that a client is comfortable and happy to discuss their issue, questioning them and unpicking their statements to drive at the truth of the situation, and devising a solution that has their best legal and commercial interests at its core. These are important skills for lawyers, as they need to be able to engage with clients and understand their priorities."
Sussex Law School
This competition and its criteria are not just for the students that participate in it but they’re for the future of the profession.
- Forrest Mosten
The initial client interview forms the basis for the lawyer-client relationship. The establishment of rapport supports trust and candor, and clear discussion of the legal situation and options allows the client to make an informed choice.
– Selene Mize
When people are in trouble, legal trouble, and they come in to see a lawyer, they want someone who cares, who is empathic, who wants to help them solve the problem and treats them like an equal, not like a subject.
- Forrest Mosten
Client counselling is one of the most important and universal skills for private lawyers around the world.
– Steven Austermiller
We are very sorry to have to announce the death of Professor Nancy Schultz of Chapman University, Orange, California. Nancy was a much loved and essential part of the ICCC team for many decades, helping organise and shape its development. She will probably be best known to many as a front of stage organiser at the competition, but she also briefed judges and clients and was involved with all aspects of running a successful competition. She was a mainstay of the scenario writing team writing team, along with Larry Teply. Her untimely death was a real blow to the ICCC. We send our deepest sympathy to her children, Lyndsey and Kyle.