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Client Counseling Competitions

Pace Law School heralds a nationally recognized trial skills program. This comprehensive program interfaces with the traditional curriculum allowing students an opportunity for simulated learning skills sessions. The program features introductory, as well as, advanced learning in the art of client counseling.

The Client Counseling Skills Teams
The program participates in external client counseling skills competitions including:

American Bar Association Negotiation Competition
The ABA Law Student Division’s Negotiation Competition offers you a forum to develop the very skills you will use as a practitioner, and a chance to meet and network with fellow law students - future colleagues - from around the nation. Moreover, participation in a national competition will give you an opportunity to gain important resume-building experience and recognition.  This competition engages students in legal negotiations to resolve a series of legal problems. Contest simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to participants representing a particular side.  Pace won the Regional competition in Fall 2003 and went on to the National Competition, where their first place win in Spring 2004 afforded them an invitation to compete in the International Competition in July 2004 held in Paris, France.

American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition
The Client Counseling Competition was conceived and developed as a legal teaching technique and is intended to promote greater knowledge and interest among law students in the preventive law and counseling functions of law practice.  It also encourages students to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the law office. Pace hosted the Regional competition in Spring 2006 where we placed Second in the National Competition.

American Bar Association Arbitration Competition
This competition simulates a realistic arbitration hearing, where students represent a client and participate in opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations and summations.

The American Bar Association Mediation & Dispute Resolution Competition
This competition allows students to represent clients in a mediation situation. In this competition, law students role-play as attorneys and clients in a mediation setting.  The competition measures how well law students model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation.