LAWS5185 Forensic Advocacy

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines and analyses the theoretical and practical questions involved in the administration of partisan justice, the theories and techniques employed in the preparation and presentation of cases in court, and the skills required in advocacy in a court of tribunal. The unit covers all stages of the trial process—the preparation of the trial (as distinct from procedural steps), the opening address, all phases of witness examination, the tendering of documentary evidence and other submissions and related steps in the trial. The unit focuses on the development of advocacy skills and is conducted largely by way of workshops in small groups.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate at an advanced level knowledge of (a) the theories and techniques relevant to the preparation and presentation of a court case; and (b) the key rules relating to witness examination, and the tendering of evidence in a trial; (2) demonstrate key skills relating to (a) the preparation of a case for trial; (b) the opening and closing address; and (c) the examination of witnesses in a court case; (3) demonstrate (a) the ability to identify and articulate complex issues that arise in the course of preparation for and and the conduct of a court case; and (b) a developing ability to exercise professional judgment in relation to the conduct of a court case, particularly in relation to the calling and examination of witnesses; and (4) appreciate (a) the different roles which participants in the trial process play; and (b) the professional and ethical responsibilities which trial counsel have towards the court and witnesses.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) daily participation and preparation; (2) advocacy skills and participation (preparation and role-playing); (3) professional conduct; and (4) five journal entries and a concluding summary. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Adjunct Professor Richard Hooker
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
This unit will run every two years.
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