Courses & Units

Advocacy LAW628


Should enrolments not meet a target of 15 students, the unit may not be offered.

Summer school unit.


This unit provides a theoretical framework to enable an understanding of the practical skills of advocacy. It provides law students and others with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills towards all aspects of effective advocacy as a junior lawyer. The unit is innovative and interactive and is intended to enhance academic, legal and practical skills. The unit aims to help prepare a lawyer in junior civil and criminal practice with the skills and expertise to deal with the type of hearings and situations that they will typically encounter in junior practice.

The unit includes basic advocacy skills; the role and etiquette of an advocate; the underlying notion of "ethica" advocacy to all aspects of advocacy; taking clients' instructions; preparation for trial; negotiation and alternative dispute resolution; written advocacy; the trial skills of examination in chief, cross-examination; opening and closing addresses; advocacy situations junior advocates might encounter such as the difficult judge, bail applications, adjournments and pleas in mitigation and, lastly, an introduction to appellate advocacy.

The unit combines in an intensive format both formal (courtroom) and informal (including negotiation and dispute resolution) settings, realising that these processes stand by each other in modern legal practice and must be managed concurrently by lawyers. The unit has a detailed civil and/or criminal case scenario and the advocacy and written exercises and final combined exercise will follow that scenario from the start to the end of the proceedings. Students will conduct both oral and written advocacy exercises as part of the unit.


Unit name Advocacy
Unit code LAW628
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Coordinator Dr D Plater
Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2015: $1,283.00 2015: $1,486.00 090913

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  • Pre-requisites: EITHER LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256 and LAW204


Teaching Pattern

Classes will be held intensively between in early January 2016.


Seminar Advocacy Exercise (15%); Dispute Resolution Exercise (15%); Trial Presentation and Detailed Written Submission (70%).

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