Online Client Counselling Competition: Sathyabama School of Law

ABOUT Sathyabhama Institute

Sathyabama is a prestigious institution which excels in the fields of Engineering, Science and Technology for more than three successful decades. It offers multi-disciplinary academic programmes in various fields of Engineering, Science, Technology, law, Dental Science, Pharmacy, Nursing, Management, Arts and Science and Allied Health Sciences. It is established under Sec.3 of UGC Act, 1956 and is been Accredited with ‘A’ Grade by the National Accreditation and Assessment council.

About Sathyabama School of Law

Legal education is at a pivotal moment right now and Sathyabama School of Law is evolving to address the society’s need by adding value to the students learning to serve society and spirit of community is an integral part of our curriculum. Ever since its inception, School of Law has stood by its strong dedications to the study of law and interdisciplinary approaches to law and the focus is on real-world skills required to be ready for practice.

About competition

The Client Counselling Competition promotes greater knowledge and interest among law students in the preventative law and counselling functions of law practice. It also encourages students to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer- client relationship in the law office. Interviewing and advising are a significant part of most lawyer’s work. The Competition provides an opportunity for a valuable educational and cultural interchange between students, law teachers, and legal practitioners.

  • Initial interview with a person playing the role of the client.
  • Address the client’s legal and non-legal needs
  • The advocate-client relationship
  • Build rapport
  • Determine client goals
  • Consider applicable law, etc.

PREREQUISITE FOR STAGES

The Competition follows, Point Qualification Format in which teams accumulating the highest number of points in the preliminary rounds will qualify for the Quarter Finals followed by the Semi-Final Rounds and thereon for the Final Rounds.

There will be four (4) rounds of competition

  1. The Preliminary Round
  2. The Quarter Finals (for 8 short listed Teams).
  3. The Semi Final round (for 4 short listed Teams)
  4. The Final Round (for the Final 2 Teams)
    • Each Counselling Session is divided into three parts: Consultation, PostConsultation and Critique.
    • During the consultation and post-consultation, the team may use books, notes and other materials.

THEME

The problem for the Client Counselling will be based on any of these subject areas: Law of Torts, Constitutional Law, Specific Relief, Family Law, Criminal Law, Labour Law, Environmental Law, and other major Acts.

TIME LIMIT FOR EACH ROUND PER TEAM:

PRELIMINARY ROUND= 30 Minutes

  • Consultation Period is 20 Minutes.
  • Post Consultation Period is 5 Minutes.
  • Critique Period is 5 Minutes

SEMI-FINALS= 35 Minutes

  • Consultation Period is 25 Minutes.
  • Post Consultation Period is 5 Minutes.
  • Critique Period is 5 Minutes

FINALS= 40 Minutes

  • Consultation Period is 25 Minutes.
  • Post Consultation Period is 10 Minutes.
  • Critique Period is 5 Minutes

RULES FOR THE COMPETITION

The school of Law, Sathyabama institute of science And Technology is conducting 1st Virtual National Client Counselling Competition,2021. The Competition shall be conducted on 3rd & 4th December 2021. The rules for the competition are given below:

  1. The Organizers shall not be responsible for any loss due to slow or non-functional Internet Connection during the Competition. We request all the participants to arrange a sound Internet Connection.
  2. The decision of the Judges shall be final regarding the outcome of the Rounds.
  3. No additional documentation or screen sharing will be allowed.
  4. The Organizers reserve the right to take disqualify the participants if indulged unethical, wrongful or unprofessional conduct.
  5. Scouting is not allowed under any circumstances and may lead to disqualification. You are requested to exit the room after your session is over.
  6. If there is any situation, not covered by the Rules, the decision of the Organizers shall be final and binding.
  7. The participants are always required to comply with the rules formulated by the Organizing Committee during the competition. In case of any non-compliance with the rules of the competition, penalty may be imposed by deduction of marks and the teams may also be disqualified after they have been warned once.
  8. All the participates will receive their E-Certificates.
  9. Participants are advised to check their mailboxes regularly for updates.
  10. In the case of a tie, the higher rank would be determined on the basis of least time taken by the participants.

TEAM COMPOSITION

  • Each team must consist of two participants only.
  • The two participants may be from any of the 3 year or 5-year LLB course.
MODE OF THE COMPETITION: Virtual. LANGUAGE: English.

ELIGIBILITY

Students of three year and five-year law degree courses from any University/Law School/College/Department are eligible for registration of their team.

DRESS CODE

Participants should wear Formal Attire during the competition.

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Quality of questions asked for obtaining relevant information from client
  • Extent of relevant remedies suggested to client
  • Establishing an effective professional relationship.
  • Learning the client’s goals, expectations and needs.
  • Factual and legal analysis of the client’s problems.
  • Giving advice and assisting the client to make an informed decision.
  • Response during the post consultation period.

MARKING CRITERIA

The Marking scheme shall comprise of 50 marks per participant, which shall be distributed as follows:

  1. Presence of mind = 10 marks
  2. Ability to provide legal solution = 10 marks
  3. Tactfully handling the client = 10 marks
  4. Extracting relevant information from client = 10 marks
  5. Audible summarizing & team work (Post Consultation) = 10 mark

IMPORTANT DATES

  1. Registration Opens (Google Form)- 25th October
  2. Registration Close- 1st December
  3. Last date for payment- 1st December
  4. Inauguration, Preliminary Round & Quarter – Finals – 3rd December
  5. Semi- Finals and Finals – 4th December
  6. Valedictory – 4th December

REGISTRATION DETAILS

  • Teams can register by filling up the google form, which is given below. First 30 registered teams only can participate. https://forms.gle/ReNUR2nQ3Fm2qPiW9
  • The registration fee shall be Rs.1000 /- for each team. The registration fee shall be non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • The last date for registration is 1st December 2021.
  • Once a team registers by completing the formalities given, a Code (hereinafter “Team Code”) shall be assigned to the team by the Organizing Committee.
  • The link/Rooms for all the sessions will be conveyed to the participants prior to the event.
  • The organizing committee has the exclusive right to decide in case of any dispute related to the competition. The decision of the organizing committee in such a case shall be final.

PAYMENT DETAILS

The Mode of Payment of the registration fee shall be Account Transfer or UPI transfer.
The registration fee shall be paid in favour of the below-mentioned Account.
A/c No- 616546836
IFSC Code- IDIB000S201
Account Holder’s Name- Dr. Dilshad Shaik
(OR)
Google Pay Number: 9849000331

AWARDS AND CERTIFICATE

  • First Prize: Certificate of Merit + Cash Prize of Rs.5000
  • Second Prize: Certificate of Merit + Cash Prize of Rs.2500
  • Best Student Council: Certificate of Merit + Cash Prize of Rs.1500
  • E-Certificate will be provided to active participants.

FOR DETAILS CONTACT

E-Mail ID: sslclientcounselling2021@gmail.com

Mr. P.S.S GOWRI SHANGAR
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
9629848534


Student Coordinators

Ms. K.R. VAISHALI
B.A.LL. B (Hons.)
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Ms. K. SOWNDARYA
B.A.LL. B (Hons.)
9150913730

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