Client Counseling Team

          Tryout Information:

          Friday, Nov. 14, 1-6 p.m., Room 314 of 198 McAllister. 

          Contact: Sign up for the tryouts by emailing Professor Karen Carrera at karen@e-licenciados.com or calling 415-272-1244 if you are interested in trying out. 

           

          Team Information:

          Hastings has an award winning Client Counseling Team that competes each year in the ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition.  Students learn to interview and counsel clients, learn an area of substantive law, and compete against other law students from across the country. 

          The ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter.  They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation. 

          A team consists of two JD candidates attending the same ABA- approved law school who conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client.  This includes eliciting facts, advising about the relevant law, providing options for proceeding, and assisting the client to make an informed choice. 

          The regional competition consists of three qualifying rounds with each team competing indirectly against two other teams in each round.  The teams are presented with a different client matter in each round.  After the qualifying rounds, the top six teams advance to the semifinal round, culminating with the three winning teams in a final round. 

          The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals.  This year will be the 42nd year of the competition. 

          Teams can be made up of any combination of 1L’s, 2L’s and 3L’s. 

          What’s required at Hastings?

          Two 2-1/2 hour practices per week in the spring, beginning the first week of class in the spring semester. 

          CLIENT COUNSELING TEAM (1 OR 2 UNITS) – SPRING – (LAW 978)-Satisfies professional skills requirement only if 2 units received. 

          The Hastings Client Counseling Team (HCCT) is an organization designed to focus on skills development, and integrating “real world” experience with theories and principles of client interviewing and counseling.

          Enrollment in the HCCT takes place in the spring semester.  Students may enter the in-school competition (tryouts) to be held November 14 from 1-6 p.m.  The students selected through the in-house competition will represent Hastings in the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition.  Hastings will pay for the travel costs, including meals and lodging, for the ABA competition.  At the instructor’s discretion, students who are not selected to compete, but who would like to continue to participate on the HCCT, may be invited to join the HCCT as non-competing members or coaches.  Over the winter break, all HCCT members are required to study materials on interviewing and counseling, as well as the substantive law chosen for the ABA competition, which this year is Employment Law, including Employment Discrimination.  In the spring semester, all team members engage in mandatory 2-1/2 hour practices twice a week through mid-February.  During the 2-1/2 practices Professor Carrera will also be teaching and lecturing on Employment Law/Employment Discrimination.  Competing team members are expected to work with the team coach outside of regular practices in order to prepare further for the ABA competition.  All team members, whether competing or non-competing, receive individual support, coaching and mentoring designed to increase their interviewing and counseling skills.    

          Students who meet all participation requirements and who also compete in the ABA Regional Competition are eligible to receive 2 units per year, to be awarded in the spring semester.   Students who meet all participation requirements and who also serve as Team Coaches are eligible to receive 2 units per year, to be awarded in the spring semester.  Students who meet the all participation requirements but who are non-competing members are eligible to receive 1 unit per year, to be awarded in the spring semester.  The HCCT is open to first-year students but they cannot receive credit for participation.  In the past, first-year students have represented Hastings in the ABA competition. 

          All HCCT units are subject to the overall 18-unit credit limit for non-classroom work as set forth in 1203 of the Academic Regulations and Other Rules Applicable to Students  

          Tryouts for the team will be Friday, November 14, 1:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 314 of the 198 Building.    
          Sign up for the tryouts by emailing Professor Karen Carrera at karen@e-licenciados.com, if you are interested in trying out.