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03 March 2010

Law Students Set for Hong Kong Competition

Students from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University were celebrating this week after winning the regional heat of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Client Counselling Competition.

The competition, which is held annually, provides an opportunity for law students to participate in mock client solicitor scenarios.

Those participating are then judged on how they conduct the interview, how they assess the needs of their clients taking into account all available options including non-litigious solutions.

Participating in this year’s competition were students from the undergraduate Schools of Law at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and Magee, teams from the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

This year’s winning team were Niel Hendron & Brendan Hanvey from the IPLS and they will represent Northern Ireland at the international ‘Louis M Brown Counselling Competition’, in Hong Kong in April.

Speaking after the competition, the President of the Law Society, Mr Norville Connolly said:

I am delighted that so many students participated in this year’s client counselling competition and I wish to congratulate the winning team from the IPLS and wish them the best of luck in the international competition in Hong Kong.