• Offered by ANU Legal Workshop
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Benjamin Battcock
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2015
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This course aims to provide the ADF Legals' Officer Special Career Structure (LOSCR) with the military advocacy law component of Legal Training Module 2.  This is the educational requirement for ADF Legal Officers to qualify for legal competency level LL3 under the LOSCR approved by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.

A student who has successfully completed the course should have:

  • a thorough understanding of the role of ADF Legal Officers in military advocacy
  • an understanding of the process of marshalling information in a Military Court environment
  • an understanding of the process of adducing information and the legal context for it
  • an understanding of the factors to be considered in presentation and of the reasons for them
  • the ability to demonstrate the desired attributes of a military advocate.

Learning Outcomes

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

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:

  • Be competent in case analysis to identify issues of fact and law that are likely to arise at a hearing.
  • Be able to explain the steps to prepare a witness to give evidence, including responding to the knowledge, physical and emotional needs of the witness, explaining the team nature of evidence-in-chief, anticipating likely lines of cross-examination, and the witness being able to give indications of re-examination topics.
  • Demonstrate competence in examining their own witnesses (chief and re-examination) by: settling their witness; showing prioritisation of topics; correct question method; avoidance of objectionable questions; appropriate response to objections; appropriate position, voice speed and tone; mastery of ‘picture building'; and, repetitive, reinforcing techniques.
  • Demonstrate competence in cross examination by: correct question method; meeting ‘puttage' rule; appropriate and variable position, voice speed and tone; ability to change tack in response to answers; making and responding to objections; making argument through questions; and, impeachment technique.
  • Demonstrate effective use of mixed spoken and written submissions (opening, closing, and sentencing).

Indicative Assessment

To satisfy Defence's competency requirements:

  • 100% practical advocacy exercises during intensive.

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Five day intensive seminar with on-line communications before and after.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Graduate Certificate of Military Law (CMILL).

Prescribed Texts

Selby, H. Advocacy, Preparation and Performance, Federation Press, 2009.


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 $4140
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1321 30 Nov 2015 04 Dec 2015 04 Dec 2015 04 Dec 2015 In Person N/A

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