• 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
    • Benjamin Battcock
    • Graeme Blank
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
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In this Course, which has a substantial face-to-face element involving active class participation and advocacy performance together with an online written component, students will:

•    Analyse case theories;
•    Consider, discuss, prepare and perform competent examination and cross-examination of both lay and expert witnesses;
•    Understand the principles and procedural requirements for experts’ reports;
•    Consider, discuss, prepare and present competent openings and final submissions.

Learning Outcomes

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

By the conclusion of the course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all the course requirements should be able to:

1.      Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge incorporating the legal framework and practical aspects of expert evidence in a variety of disciplines;

2.      Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge of legal and ethical principles, issues, implications and risks, and a sound understanding of the context and methods applicable in conducting and dealing with expert witnesses and their reports;

3.      Demonstrate current knowledge and cognitive abilities to advise a range of clients on legal, probity and related issues relevant to expert evidence, whether in the form of expert reports or ‘live’ expert witnesses, in a variety of professional disciplines;

4.      Demonstrate technical legal and analytical competence in preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines;

5.      Critically analyse and apply expert judgment by synthesising complex information in preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines;

6.      Demonstrate cognitive skills to identify, contextualise and devise appropriate methods through critical analysis of complex information, to present expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines;

7.      Research and apply appropriate methodologies, technical, legal and practical knowledge to develop autonomously solutions-focused strategies to a challenging set of facts and circumstances and interpret that information in  preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines;

8.      Demonstrate and apply initiative and ethical behaviour in preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

Indicative assessment may include:

1. Initial submissions/examination/cross-examination - 10%

2. Advocacy participation/performances during the 4 day intensive - 25%

3. Advocacy assessment - 40%

4. Final submissions - 25%

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Workload

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

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This course will have a compulsory intensive held 30 May - 2 June 2016 (Autumn Session) or 1-4 August 2016 (Winter Session)

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Laws specialising in International Law (7300XSINTL), Master of Laws specialising in Law, Governance and Development (7300SLGD), Master of Laws specialising in Environmental Law (7300SENVL), Master of Laws specialising in Government and Commercial Law (7300SGCL), Master of Laws specialising in International Security Law (7300SISL), Master of Laws in Migration (NLLML), Master of Laws in International Law (NLLIL), Master of Laws in Environmental Law (NLLEN), Master of Laws in Law, Governance & Development (NLLGD), Master of Laws in International Security Law (NLLSL), Master of Laws in Government and Regulation (NLLGR), Master of Laws (Legal Practice) (7312XLLMLP), Master of Diplomacy/Master of Laws (7883SINTL, 7883XLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP). OR Must be studying a: Master of Diplomacy/Master of International Law (7893MDIPL, 7893XMINTL), Master of International Law (7310XMINTL), Master of Environmental Law (7309XMENVL), Master of Law, Governance & Development (7317XMLGD), Master of International Security Law (7318XMISL), Master of Government and Commercial Law (7313XMGCL), Master of Legal Studies (7305XMLEGS), and completed LAWS8015 Fundamentals of Government and Commercial Law or LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five LAWS1000 level courses or five LAWS6100 level courses. OR Must be studying a Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or are completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions and LAWS8587 Legal Framework of Regulation. OR Must be studying a Master of Military Law (MMILL) OR Must be studying a Juris Doctor (MJDOL) and have completed the course LAWS8712 Australian Public Law & International Law B

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.

Fees

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:
3
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Family
5735 18 Apr 2016 06 May 2016 06 May 2016 24 Jun 2016 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6391 25 Jul 2016 01 Aug 2016 12 Aug 2016 23 Sep 2016 In Person N/A

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