From January 26–27, the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) in Cambodia hosted the 5th annual client counseling competition with the support of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and East-West Management Institute (EWMI). About 100 students took part in this year’s competition, counseling an actor posing as a client in a simulated legal dispute between an employee and an employer.
The competition is part of ABA ROLI’s U.S. Agency for International Development-supported program on rights and justice. The competition—which is involving more and more schools each year—and workshops leading up to it allow students to hone their practical legal counseling skills, including active listening, empathy and teamwork.
RULE students Tann Boravin and Sok Vanseka won the national competition, and went on to represent Cambodia in the international client counseling competition in Dublin, Ireland. The Cambodian team advanced to the semi-finals in the international competition.
For more information about the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s work in Cambodia, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.