1 Professional Skills

Effective Client Interviewing

LawCPD author: Selene Mize
Selene Mize
Associate Professor University of Otago
1 CPD Point


Interactive Content
Self-Paced Completion
On-demand and on Any Device
Receive Certificate of Completion


Excellence in client interviewing requires theoretical knowledge as well as experience. This course provides practical tips on building interview skills and avoiding common pitfalls.

The start of virtually every lawyer-client relationship is an initial interview, and mistakes made during that interview can have a lasting impact on the relationship.  This course provides a number of guiding principles and practical suggestions that can help lawyers avoid common mistakes during client interviews. 

The course examines the different stages of a client interview and discusses the interviewing methods appropriate to each stage to ensure that the lawyer-client relationship starts on the best possible footing.

Need more than one CPD point? Save when you purchase this course as part of our One-Click CPD Compliance Packs!


Last Reviewed: February 2024

Meet the expert

LawCPD author: Selene Mize
Selene Mize
Associate Professor University of Otago

Selene Mize practised law in the United States before taking up a teaching position at the Law Faculty at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Learn more


  1. 4.0/5
    Good Course
    A well thought out course, it provided many useful insights and information that has made my daily tasks all the easier
  2. 5.0/5
    Very instructive and enjoyable
    It was a good refresher course and also involves many skills which are used in mediation as well.
  3. 4.0/5
    Thorough review of effective client interviewing skills
    Very helpful and thought-provoking.
  4. 5.0/5
    well written
    The course was clearly written and easy to follow.
  5. 5.0/5
    Really interesting
    This course gave very practical and easy-to-follow advice.
  6. 5.0/5
    Useful reminder
    Some thought-provoking questions.
  7. 5.0/5
    Excellent course.
    Great overview of practical strategies.
  8. 5.0/5
    Logically and clearly set out
    The course was set out logically and clearly, facilitating the retention of the principles canvassed.