Advocacy Skills

10 Units

The course introduces students to the specialised skills required for trial preparation, trial technique and advocacy in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. It promotes development of an advanced and integrated understanding of the different types of advocacy in the various jurisdictions by using skills exercises in courts such as the Local and District Courts of New South Wales, and the Family and Circuit Courts of Australia. In addition, seminars are conducted on some specialist jurisdictions. The course concentrates on procedural law within several jurisdictions and enables students to apply their knowledge by developing their skills, autonomy, judgment and responsibility as a legal practitioner. Many of the litigation skills learnt in this course are applicable in other jurisdictions so students will benefit from the transferability of skills learned.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School

Not currently offered


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply specialist knowledge and an advanced understanding of court advocacy from practice in realistic simulations of contested proceedings
  2. Demonstrate specialised professional skills and competency in court advocacy by applying their knowledge
  3. Demonstrate their autonomy, judgment and responsibility with regard to advocacy situations.
  4. Apply the law to the facts of various civil or criminal cases in a defensible way
  5. Examine the benefits of learning and development through reflection on practice
  6. Demonstrate awareness of reforms and new developments in criminal or civil trial advocacy.

Topics in this course include:

  1. Peer mentoring
  2. Criminal Law Criminal advocacy, Bail applications, Pleas in Mitigation, Opening Addresses, Examination in Chief, Cross-examination, Re-examination, Closing Addresses, Appeals.
  3. Civil law Civil advocacy for the Registrar’s List, Drafting Applications and Affidavits, Objections to evidence, Cross-examination, Closing Addresses.
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005, LAWS6008, LAWS6009, LAWS6017.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - a professional reflection on the experience of the major practical components of the course
  • Integrated Learning - peer-mentoring a junior law student in preparation for that student's appearance in an adversarial court moot and attending court with that student in the role of instructing solicitor.
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Civil Stream - drafting appropriate interlocutory documents, appearing in the Registrar's list, drafting appropriate applications, responses and affidavits, appearing in a mock Family Court trial including opening statements, objections to evidence, cross-examination, and closing address.
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Criminal Stream - bail application, drafting a witness statement and letter, pleas in mitigation, examination in chief and cross-examination
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment in this course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LAWS6032

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