AUN was among the 14 universities that participated in the 14th National Client Counselling and Interviewing Skills competition held on January 11 & 12 at the Maccido Institute of Islamic and General Studies, Kalambaina, Sokoto.
It was organized by the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI).
The two representatives from AUN are Taslim Oladoja and Aisha Augie, both third-year students of the AUN School of Law program.
“It was a wonderfully enlightening experience for AUN reps as first-timers,” said the accompanying faculty member, Mr. Benjamin Danpullo, who also acted as Observer for the AUN Team.
“The events throughout the competition led to a lot of networking with other participants.” Mr. Danpullo also said that the participants from other schools were happy to network with students of AUN and “wished that AUN host the next competition so that they can learn more about Yola.”
The AUN team, he said, proceeded to Day 2 of the competition to observe how the teams that made it to the semi-finals performed.
“A lot was learned from the experienced teams, and even more from the teams which made it to the finals.”
“It was indeed a great experience for me,” said Oladoja.
“My partner and I took a documentary video of the interview with our client from the preliminary round. This is to reflect on and identify our mistakes. We also took a full video of the final round from the more experienced university that won, in order to borrow from all the right calls they made.”
Interim Dean of the School of Law, Professor Lawal Ahmadu, was also present at the event. Although the AUN team did not make it to the semi-final round, the dean said the competition offered good exposure with benefits.
“Our team worked hard in ensuring the AUN Law clinic gets a drill with the standards expected by NULAI for subsequent competitions.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa