Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course introduces students to the specialised skills required for trial preparation, trial technique and advocacy in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. It promotes development of an advanced and integrated understanding of the different types of advocacy in the various jurisdictions by using skills exercises in courts such as the Local and District Courts of New South Wales, and the Family and Circuit Courts of Australia. In addition, seminars are conducted on some specialist jurisdictions. The course concentrates on procedural law within several jurisdictions and enables students to apply their knowledge by developing their skills, autonomy, judgment and responsibility as a legal practitioner. Many of the litigation skills learnt in this course are applicable in other jurisdictions so students will benefit from the transferability of skills learned. in particular it provides the opportunity to receive personlaised feedback on your advocacy skills by current practitioners experienced in the field.

This course is available to members of the profession, to postgraduate and Juris Doctor students, and to a limited number of undergraduate students who will be selected by the course co-ordinator on the basis of a written expression of interest. Expressions of interest from interested undergraduate students must be sent to the course co-ordinator prior to the Census date and commencement of the course. Expressions of interest must set out the reasons for the student’s interest in the course, advocacy experience if any (not compulsory), and how undertaking the course would be beneficial to their current or anticipated future career.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply specialist knowledge and an advanced understanding of court advocacy from practice in realistic simulations of contested proceedings

2. Demonstrate specialised professional skills and competency in court advocacy by applying their knowledge

3. Demonstrate their autonomy, judgment and responsibility with regard to advocacy situations.

4. Apply the law to the facts of various civil or criminal cases in a defensible way

5. Examine the benefits of learning and development through reflection on practice

6. Demonstrate awareness of reforms and new developments in criminal or civil trial advocacy.


Topics in this course include: 

  1. The principles of advocacy: what makes an effective advocate, and how can you become one?
  2. Managing clients & witnesses;
  3. Court etiquette;
  4. Obligations of advocates and required knowledge;
  5. Preparing your case theory;
  6. Examination in Chief, Cross Examination, and techniques in questioning witnesses, including use of exhibits and refreshing memory;
  7. Principles of opening and closing;
  8. Dealing with nerves & the physical aspects of advocacy;
  9. Intensive personal feedback on performance from experts in the profession


Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000 Legal System and Method I, and LAWS6001 Legal System and Method II

LAWS6002A Torts Part A, or LAWS6120 Torts I

LAWS6002B Torts Part B, or LAWS6121 Torts II

LAWS6003A & LAWS6003B Criminal Law & Procedure Part A & B, or LAWS6130 Criminal Law & Procedure

LAWS6004A Contracts Part A, or LAWS6140 Contracts I

LAWS6004B Contracts Part B, or LAWS6141 Contracts II

LAWS6005 Property

LAWS6008 Civil Dispute Resolution

LAWS6009 Evidence

LAWS6017 Family Law

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: 3 x assessed oral exercises

Written Assignment: Professional Reflection

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.