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 young (and not so young) lawyers from an amazing
range of nations and cultures. Over the last ten years, law students from 33 countries have taken part: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada,
China, Croatia, England and Wales, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, India,
Indonesia, Iran, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Scotland, Sri
Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
The competition is run on a not-for-profit basis by an international committee of academics and practitioners. Each year has a different law subject around which the consultations take place. The winners’ names are inscribed on the competition trophy. The winners also receive prizes donated by the International Bar Association.
A Client Counselling Competition for law students was first established
in 1969 by Louis M Brown. It was adopted by The American Bar Association in
1972 and the International Competition was inaugurated in 1985.
The International Competition was named after Louis M Brown
in 1993 in recognition of the inspiration he provided as originator of the
competition. In May 2010, the competition's name was subtly changed from
"client counselling" to "client consultation". It was felt
that "consultation" reflects better the activity as opposed to the
words interviewing, advising or counselling. The name of the Californian lawyer
Forrest S. Mosten was also added to the title of the competition. This is in
recognition of Woody Mosten's immense contribution to the growth and
development of the competition. Woody has been the president of the competition
for over 25 years.