University 'legal eagles' prepare for competition challenge

Published: 20 February 2008 at 09:44

Students from 24 of top Law Schools throughout the UK are preparing to go head to head in a national competition which focuses on interviewing and client counselling.

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The final of the Law Society’s Client Interviewing Competition 2008 is to be staged for the first time at Anglia Ruskin University, at the Michael Ashcroft Building on Rivermead campus on Saturday 1 March.

Anglia Ruskin’s Anglia Law School will be fielding two students from its Legal Practice Course (LPC) in the competition which is held annually.  This year the competition entrants are Kate Radley (23) and Victoria Strathern (21) from Chelmsford who will be competing alongside students from the University of Cardiff, City University, University of Hull, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, John Moores University and Oxford Brooks University and the University of Westminster.

Last year, Joanne Martin, from South Woodham Ferrers and Scott Porter, from Witham, won the competition, beating teams from Cardiff and Oxford to represent the UK at the international competition which was based in Sydney, Australia.  This year’s winners will be off to India for the world finals.

Kate Radley said:

“This is all very exciting for us and we do have to say that we feel very proud to be representing Anglia Ruskin University at this national level.”

“Of course, we would love to win but understand that we are up against the best students across the country and everyone is going to be wanting to get to the next level.”

The team will be coached by Lindsey Squire, who commented:

“Anglia Ruskin University has always produced a very strong team for this competition. The University has always produced top level candidates in terms of interviewing and counselling which are deep rooted in the Legal Practice (LPC) course. We focus heavily on these skills on which solicitors ultimately depend.”

The Legal Practice Course is the postgraduate programme for law students. It is from here that students move into training before becoming fully fledged solicitors. 

Anglia Ruskin University has 89 places available on the full time course in Chelmsford and 30 on the part time course in Cambridge. The course start date is September 2008.

Sponsors for the competition this year include Leonard Gray Solicitors in Chelmsford, Jefferies Solicitors in Westcliff-on-Sea, Prettys in Chelmsford and Barker Gillette in London.

For further information on the competition or law courses at Anglia Ruskin University, please contact Melissa Hudson on 0845 196 6830 or visit www.anglia.ac.uk