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LAW7303 - Advocacy: theory and practice

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Professor the Hon. George Hampel, QC


City First semester 2007 (On-campus)
City Trimester 1 2007 (On-campus)


The unit will develop a deeper theoretical understanding by students of the essential role of advocacy in the adversary system. It will enable students to better appreciate the way in which cases evolve through the courts and how the factual and evidentiary foundation relates to the legal results. Students will better understand the nature of the skills which are required of advocates, their ethical obligations and the importance of the advocates role in the courts decision making process. This will be of benefit not only to students who are contemplating practice at the Bar, or as solicitor advocates, but also to those who will work in litigation and other dispute resolution.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

strategy required in a contested trial
evidentiary objections
communication skills in the courtroom


* Written plans/articulation of case theory for workshop
exercises: 10%
* Written summary of argument: 10%
* Workshop attendance and participation: Pass/Fail
* Advocacy trial performance (videotaped): 30%
Other set advocacy performances (videotaped): 25%
* Written reflective report: 25%


The subject is aimed at Law graduates. Students with a non-Australian law degree will be required to demonstrate knowledge equivalent to: