University Of Petroleum & Energy Studies is organizing its 4th National Client Counselling Competition.
20th to 22ndNovember, 2015
College of Legal Studies,
University of Petroleum & Energy Studies,
Beneficiary - University of Petroleum & Energy Studies
Account No - 011594600000224
Yes Bank IFSC Code - YESB0000115
SWIFT Code - YESBINBB
Text Message - “Fees for UPES 4th National Client Counselling Competition, 2015 from _____________”
1) Each team shall consist of two student participants and would be allotted a room for the interview and counselling. Here the two student participants will present themselves as advocates in a lawyer's chamber. The client will be a person trained by the organisers and the advocates will counsel the clients regarding the given problem. The two participants are required to elicit all relevant information from the client by interviewing or questioning the client and then counsel the client.
2) All teams will be given their tag numbers as (A1, A2, A3 etc.) by the organisers at the time of registration.
3) The Consultation (Interview Period). All teams will go through a 20 minutes session in prelims and a 35 minutes session each in semi-final and final rounds. The first 15 minutes in Prelim and 25 minutes finals are devoted to a consultation with the client during which students are expected to elicit the relevant information, outline the problem and propose a solution or other means of resolving the problem (Further information is contained in the Judging Standards for the Client Counselling Competition.) During the consultation and post-consultation, the team may use books, notes and other materials. The team may also use office props (Dictaphones, Files, desktop, furnishings, bookshelves etc.) and any other material to furnish their consultation room.
4) Post Consultation (Post Interview Period). During the last 5 minutes in Prelim and 15 minutes in finals post-consultation the students may either talk to each other loudly enough to be overheard by the judges or dictate a file memorandum on the interview or both. The post-consultation performance may summarize the interview, indicate the scope of the legal work to be undertaken, and state the legal issues that should be researched. Explanation of the position or attitude taken by the students may be useful. Judges may questions during the post consultation period.
5) If the students feel that some documents are appropriate, like a letter to the client confirming their retention as attorneys, the fee arrangement etc, or a letter to opposing counsel or to the party with whom the client is having their legal problems, they may dictate such a document at the post consultation stage.
6) The Judges may penalize students who allow the interview session to run excessively beyond the 15/ 25 minute period allotted in the rules. However the judges in their discretion, taking into account the circumstances, may allow some more time beyond the 15/ 25 minute period for the interview session. If the extended consultation session allowed an opportunity for a team to gather more information than other teams, this circumstance should be taken into consideration by the judges in making their decision. If the twenty-five (25)/fifteen (15) minute interview period is exceeded, in no circumstances will the students be given more than 40 minutes to complete both tasks (Consultation & Post Consultation). Judges should stop students after 40/25 minutes regardless of whether the students are in the consultation or post-consultation process.
7) There will be four rounds namely -the preliminary, quarter final, semi-final and final rounds. From the preliminary rounds, 16 teams would go for Quarters, depending on the number of participants, with the highest number of points that will be qualified to participate in the semi-final round. After the judges have seen all the teams’ performance, they should discuss each team's performance among themselves. Judges are encouraged to consult the client. The judges can discuss with the teams regarding their performance.
1) Each law school/College may enter this competition with one team only. Each team shall consist of two students.
2) Dress Code- Formal Moot Court Dress. No participant should reveal his or her identity in any way.
3) Students pursuing Law (3 year or 5 year course) courses are only permitted to participate in the competition. Students pursuing Post-graduate courses in law are not permitted to participate in this competition.
4) All the problems will be based on the subjects of Constitution of India, Torts, Contract Law, Indian Penal Code, and Family Law.
PROCEDURE OF THE COMPETITION
Each team, in the preliminary rounds, will have a total of 20 minutes.
The following 20 minutes are to be divided in two sections, as follows:
In the Final round, teams will have a total time period of 35 minutes, which will be divided as follows:
(CLIENT COUNSELLING) PROF. KRISHNA DEO SINGH