• Offered by ANU School of Legal Practice
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Legal Practice MLP
  • Areas of interest Law, Legal Practice
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ben Battcock
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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

  1. Initial submissions/examination/cross-examination (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  2. Advocacy participation/performances during the 4 day intensive (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  3. Face to face advocacy assessment submission (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  4. Final submissions (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Master of Laws (7300XLLM, MLLM), Master of Legal Practice (MLEGP), OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Master of Military Law (MMILL); Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for permission number.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to the WATTLE site.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4610 07 Jun 2021 25 Jun 2021 02 Jul 2021 27 Aug 2021 Online View

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