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The Essential Advocate: An Introduction to Advocacy - LAWS3170
 Graduation Group

Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisites: LAWS1210, LAWS2311, LAWS1001; Corequisite: LAWS2321, LAWS1011; Excluded: LAWS3318 Prerequisites: JURD7110, JURD7211, JURD7101; Corequisite: JURD7221, JURD7111; Excluded: JURD7418
Excluded: JURD7370
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


The course is a practical introduction to courtroom advocacy. Students will be exposed to examples of various types of advocates and advocacy techniques and problems found in leading cases, trial transcripts, novels, plays, films, and biographies of advocates. Much of the course is devoted to practical exercises.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Pre-requisites are Law, Lawyers and Society; Litigation 1; Criminal Law 1. Completion of Litigation 2 and Criminal Law 2 is recommended but not required. Litigation 2 and Criminal Law 2, however, will be co-requisites for students who have not completed them.

Course Objectives

The course aims to foster an understanding of:
  • the essential attributes of great advocates
  • the role of the advocate within the trial process
  • case theory and preparation
  • the skills and techniques of the trial advocate
  • the interaction between rules of evidence and the examination of witnesses
  • the nature of appellate advocacy.

Main Topics

The main topics to be discussed are:
  • Essential qualities and skills of advocates
  • Advocacy as the art of persuasion
  • The problems of advocacy: ethics and misconduct
  • Preparation for trial
  • Case theory
  • Evidentiary and procedural issues in practice
  • Opening and closing addresses
  • Examination-in-chief and objections
  • Cross-examination
  • The use of written and oral submissions
  • Sentences
  • Appeals


50 per cent for the course essay: 5000 words
10 per cent for court visits and diary notes
40 per cent for practical advocacy exercises (including mock trial)

Course Texts


Mauet & McCrimmon Fundamentals of Trial Techniques

Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer.

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