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March 11, 2010

CONTACT: ERIKA MARZORATI
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MSU Law Students Win Third Place at Regional Client Counseling Competition

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law students Jason Hegg and Nick Kiella won third place in the American Bar Association Law Student Division's recent Region 6 Client Counseling Competition.

Third-year students Hegg and Kiella were ranked second after a trio of preliminary rounds in which teams competed indirectly against each other. The pair successfully advanced through the semi-finals, ultimately taking third place in the closing round.

Students from law schools in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario honed their interviewing and client-counseling skills at the event as they participated in simulated law office consultations. Teams were faced with new client scenarios in every round, all of which involved the topic of white collar crime.

The two-person teams were required in each round to interview an actor posing as a client, provide advice about the relevant law, and help the client make an informed choice among possible alternatives for proceeding. Competitors had to draw sufficient information from the client to fully understand and analyze the problem; tailor a set of appropriate and feasible options for the client's consideration; and demonstrate professionalism, preparation, and creativity in bringing the consultation to an effective conclusion.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent Law College, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum rigorous and challenging, and its facility equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

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