• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Graeme Blank
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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The course will cover:

  • Development of case strategy - being able to analyse and prepare a case for all participant perspectives.
  • Preparation skills for written and spoken forms of opening and closing submissions, and expert witness statements.
  • Questioning skills for taking instructions, examination-in-chief and cross examination - agenda setting, settling the witness, witness control, story development and reiteration, argument embedded in question strings.
  • How to search for relevant material in the social sciences when seeking to use social science expertise.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  • Understand and be able to apply effective case theory and persuasive theory to a judge alone trial;
  • Prepare for and perform competent witness examination; and
  • Understand the principles and procedural requirements for an expert’s report in civil proceedings.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the Course Study Guide available on the Wattle Course site

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26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study time and Wattle interaction.

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This course will be online from 24 July 2015 with a compulsory intensive held 3-6 August 2015

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Laws (7300) or Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312) or Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883) or Graduate Diploma in Law.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text. Relevant materials regarding advocacy skills, including videos to assist you preparing your case analysis, will be available online on WATTLE.  Information regarding expert witnesses and accountancy, including extracts from Freckelton & Selby Expert Evidence (Thomson Reuter) will also be available on the WATTLE site.

Preliminary Reading

A Course Study Guide will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The full expert evidence service, and Cross on Evidence are available from the ANU Library Electronic resources under ‘L’.  Expert Evidence is under ‘Lawbook Online’.  Cross on Evidence is under ‘Lexisnexis AU’.  These resources are available to any enrolled student.

Assumed Knowledge

Have completed a Practical Legal Training course such as the GDLP, or Articles. Or completed or completing the Master of Legal Practice.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1403 24 Jul 2015 24 Jul 2015 14 Aug 2015 16 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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