Nasarawa State University Law Clinic Wins 17th National Client Interviewing & Counseling Skills Competition (NCCC)

Nasarawa State University NSUK Law Clinic has emerged the winner of the 17th National Client Interviewing & Counseling Skills Competition (NCCC) organized by the Network of University legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria.

The National Client Interviewing and Counselling Skills Competition (NCCC) is an annual competition that aims to promote greater knowledge and interest among law students to develop interviewing, planning, analytical and preventive (ADR) skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the office.

Too often, it is assumed that lawyers have the listening and questioning skills needed to conduct an effective interview.

Regrettably, not all lawyers possess these skills. The competition also provides for a valuable educational and cultural interchange among students, law teachers and legal practitioners.

The winners of the national competition would represent Nigeria at the International Brown Mosten Client Consultation Competition.

The 1st edition of the NCCC was held at the University of Maiduguri on February 17-18, 2006. Five universities including the Nigerian Law School Kano Campus participated in this edition.

Aminu Hassan Gamawa and Daniel H. Bwala (University of Maiduguri) emerged winners and represented Nigeria at the international competition held in Cardiff, Wales.

This year, NULAI hosted a hybrid edition of the 17th National Client Interviewing & Counseling Skills Competition (NCCC); the preliminary rounds were held virtually from January 31 – February 1, 2023 while the semi-final and final rounds held in-person and was hosted by the Faculty of Law, BAZE UniversityAbuja on February 17, 2023.

19 university teams which took part in the competition include:

The 19 teams competed in two preliminary rounds on January 31 and February 1, 2023. From the preliminary rounds, 6 teams comprising, Ahmadu Bello University; Edwin Clark University; Kogi State University; Nasarawa State University, University of Ibadan and University of Ilorin progressed and competed at the semi-finals.

At the end of the semi-finals, three teams namely; Edwin Clark University, Kogi State University and Nasarawa State University qualified for the finals.

The keenly contested final round saw the team of Faith Gimba and Matthew Obinna Jude representing Nasarawa State University emerge winners of the competition.

With this result, Nasarawa State University would be representing Nigeria at the 2023 Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition.

This year’s international competition will be hosted by University of Maastricht in the Netherlands from 11-15 April 2023.

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