The National Round of the Louis M. Brown and Forrest S. Mosten International Client Consultation Competition was organized at Jagran Lakecity University under the aegis of Jagran School of Law from January 31st to February 2nd, 2020. More than 34 Law colleges and universities participated in the neck to neck competition wherein Symbiosis Law School emerged victories by defeating Jindal Global Law School. The inaugural ceremony was graced by the presence of Justice Abhay Gohil, as the chief Guest. Thirty-four teams representing prestigious National Law Universities, central universities and private universities displayed their legal acumen in this three-day competition. The winning team will represent India in the Final competition to be held in Florida, USA.
The teams were given cases on the spot, making it challenging to think about consultation strategy. Legal experts such as Prof. (Dr.) MRK Prasad, Dean, VM Salgaocar College of Law, Goa, Prof. (Dr.) Poorvi Pokhriyal, Dean of Institute of Law, Nirma University, Mr. Arun Francis, Advocate Supreme Court of India, Mr. Bramhadatt Singh Thakur, Advocate, High Court of Madhya Pradesh, N.K. Jain, Retired judge of High Court of Madhya Pradesh to name a few, judged the teams on various criteria of client consultation.
The chief guest for the finale was Prof. (Dr.) Kesava Rao Vorrakula, Vice-Chancellor of National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi. He encouraged students to look at the social benefits from client consultation apart from monetary benefits. Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble Chancellor Shri Hari Mohan Gupta said “It is very crucial to understand the client’s perspective and their expectation from a counsel. The competition aims to provide a national platform to showcase and represent yourself at a global level through your decision making skill”
The competition aims to scrutiny and promotes interest in the preventive and counseling functions of law practice among the students. It also encourages participants to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship as interviewing and advising areas are a significant part of most lawyers’ work. The competition thereby provides an opportunity for valuable educational interchange between students, law teachers, and legal practitioners.