Effective Client Interviewing

Professional Skills

CPD Points 1


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.


Last Reviewed: February 2022

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LawCPD author: Selene Mize

Selene Mize

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.

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What Lawyers Say

  1. 5.0/5
    Useful insights, practical tips
    It was very useful to read the methodology behind interviewing clients. It will enable me to be more systematic and personable when interviewing clients.
  2. 5.0/5
    Very informative and useful.
    I found this very informative and useful even after 36 years of practice.
    - Arcangela Gangemi, Principal, Durand Gangemi
  3. 5.0/5
    Useful way to update knowledge.
    This was a useful way to update my knowledge.