IIUM emerged as the champion after defeating Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in the final round of the competition which took place in the Moot Court, School of Law, COLGIS Building, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) yesterday evening.
Universiti Malaya (UM) came in third.
The competition which first began in Malaysia in 1995 is open to law students in Malaysia and is organised annually on a rotational basis by each of the universities taking part.
Held at the national level, the competition aims at finding the best team to represent Malaysia at the international law competitions of similar nature.
A total of seven public universities participated in the competition this year namely UUM, IIUM, UiTM, UM, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM).
The closing ceremony and presentation of prizes to winners of the NCCC 2016 was officiated by Penang Prosecution Unit Chief, Yang Berbahagia Dato' Razali Che Ani.
In his speech Yang Berbahagia Dato' Razali Che Ani said that the client counselling competition focuses on the basic communicative skills namely providing advice and supporting clients in legal issues which are necessary for all successful lawyers.
"It is hoped that the valuable experience acquired in this contest can help you to become excellent legal practitioners in the future. I also hope that this competition will give added value to each of the participants in assisting them to develop and improve themselves in the future," he said.
Also present at the event were representatives of the Centre for Legal Aid for the state of Kedah and Perlis, representative of the Kedah and Perlis Bar Committee, Dean of UUM School of Law, Dr. Zainal Amin Ayub and fellow lecturers.
This competition takes shape in the form of a 30-minute simulated interview session between two Law students playing the role of a lawyer and a client who has a problem.
The students were evaluated based on their ability to elicit relevant facts from the client and provide legal advice and options that are appropriate to continue the proceedings, legislation and help clients make decisions based on the advice given.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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