UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS5117 Advanced Evidence and Proof

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit is aimed at students interested in litigation. It focuses on preparation for trial, and encourages rigorous analysis of facts and robust analysis of how a case is proven. It deals with the use of facts, arguments, inferences and generalisations in proving a case. It outlines a practical method for constructing and attacking arguments about disputed questions of fact. The unit complements other law studies in forensic advocacy and trial procedure.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an integrated understanding of (a) how and why legal matters are litigated, (b) the role that laws of evidence play in this process, (c) the legal framework surrounding the way that evidence is gathered and tested; (2) demonstrate an ability to recognise and reflect upon (a) the ethical issues associated with the gathering and use of evidence within the trial process, (b) the reasons as to why people decide to litigate; (3) critically evaluate the theory and regulation of discovery, evidence and proof; and identify, interpret and apply key tools of persuasion in marshalling evidence and constructing and deconstructing a legal case; and (4) prepare and present a coherent and persuasive analysis of a case.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) class presentation; and (2) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Anthony Willinge
Unit rules
Prerequisites: for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics; for all other students: LAWS3310 Evidence
Incompatibility: LAWS3327 Advanced Evidence and Proof
Contact hours offered intensively

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