Legal competition raises the bar

HND Legal Services’ students at City of Glasgow College tested on interview and presentation techniques.

A Client Care competition, organised by the college’s Faculty of Business & Humanities, which linked theory with practice, was designed to enhance the students’ lateral commercial thinking.

Veronika Prag, a lecturer in law at the college, and who organised the competition for her students, said:

“The competition gave the students a real life experience which they had to prepare for as they would in the workplace.

“Domestic conveyancing is a very technical but also practical subject. Estate agents collaborate with banks, building societies, surveyors, solicitors, so the six finalists had to demonstrate how technical skills translate into the art of maintaining long-term working relationships with other professionals and clients.

“Our students had to demonstrate their understanding of the intricacies and benefits of the professional network which the residential property market is founded on.”

The overall winner, Alesha MacIs, who attended St. Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch, will complete her HND in Legal Services in June. The 19 year old found the presentation nerve wracking, but worth it:

“Winning the competition and gaining a certificate is an accomplishment that I can now add to my CV. I have been working with property agent, Pacciti Jones, for a year now so I was able to draw from real life experience. When I finish college I want to start working straight away and hope to get experience as a paralegal.”

The competition was also intended to increase the students’ confidence in their legal skills. With a focus on conveyancing, it was judged by leading industry expert, Shona McAllister, Finance Director at Residence Estate Agents. She said:

“This was very much about giving the students an understanding of where the client care role fits in with the wider legal aspects. All the students did really well, grasping the broader picture, employing soft skills and seeing how the whole process is linked. It was a very constructive event, which I am sure the students benefited from, and I look forward to working with the college again.”

Residence Estate Agents donated cash prizes for the top three places with £70 going to Alisha MacIs; £40 for Bisma Khan; and £30 to Hayley McAdam.

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