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Advocacy LAW328


This unit provides a theoretical and practical framework to enable an understanding and application of the skills of advocacy. It provides you with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills towards all aspects of ethical and effective advocacy as a junior lawyer. Interactive and intended to enhance academic, legal, professional and practical skills, it aims to prepare you as a lawyer in junior civil and criminal practice with the skills and expertise to deal with the type of hearings and situations you will typically encounter in junior practice. The unit combines in an intensive format both formal (courtroom) and informal (including negotiation and dispute resolution) settings, realising that these processes are complementary in modern legal practice and managed concurrently by lawyers. The diverse background of the teaching staff includes the input of members of the Tasmanian legal profession. Students conduct both oral and written advocacy exercises as part of the unit.


Unit name Advocacy
Unit code LAW328
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Doctor David Plater
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge and critical analysis of the law to advocate on behalf of a client to achieve the best legal outcome
  • Make oral submissions on behalf of a client in an ethical manner in keeping with the ethical rules as well as observing legal etiquette
  • Use primary and secondary resources to develop legal arguments and conclusions, and present arguments in a coherent and persuasive way on behalf of a client

Fee Information

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Teaching Pattern

Daily seminar, On-campus intensive over 7 days (Mon 6 to Wed 15 Feb 2023, exc. public holiday 13 Feb; average 5 hours per day)

Independent Learning, Daily, Online content and activities

AssessmentAdvocacy exercise (30%)|Argument Outline (30%)|Oral submissions (40%)
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