Advocacy is, in many ways, a specialised form of presentation, conducted within specific rules, processes and procedures. In this Advocacy course, you will have the opportunity to experience, both from the theoretical and practical, in practice perspectives that are the key elements of good Advocacy.
In this course, you 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.
To maximise your learning opportunities, the course has a substantial face-to-face component involving active class participation and advocacy performance. This is combined with an intensive online component, providing opportunites to experience case preparation and drafting relevant documents.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate technical legal and analytical competence in preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines.
- Critically analyse and apply expert judgment by synthesising complex information in preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate and apply initiative and ethical behaviour in preparing and presenting expert evidence in a variety of professional disciplines.
- Initial submissions/examination/cross-examination (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- Advocacy participation/performances during the 4 day intensive (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- Face to face advocacy assessment submission (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
- Final submissions (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
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Workload26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days: 13-16 August 2018) plus private study time and Wattle interaction online.
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