The aim of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of the practical aspects of legal work as a member of the legal profession. This unit will focus on developing skills in introductory examinations of court presentations and contextualisation of advocacy skills in the presentation of cases within the court environment.  Specifically, this unit will focus on developing the basics of case theory through interactive seminars and practical legal skills through role-playing and working with peers. The focus will be on developing the professional practitioner.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BLB2122

Prerequisites

BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

LLW1001 - Criminal Law

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discriminate between the types of oral argument and questioning most suitable when conducting the different stages of presenting cases in court ;  
  2. Construct and present persuasive oral legal arguments to influence relevant professional and non-professional audiences;  
  3. Undertake or role-play common legal advocacy tasks in the manner of a legal practitioner appearing before a court or tribunal situation; and  
  4. Advocate with responsibility and accountability, verbally and in writing for hypothetical clients.  

Assessment

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Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Research Assignment 30%
Other Written submission 30%
Presentation Oral presentation 30%
Other Professional participation 10%

Required reading

Required texts

advocacy: An Introduction 2006
Jeremy Curthoys and Christopher Kendall
LexisNexis Butterworths Australia

Sentencing Law in Victoria internet
*Sentencing Council of Victoria
Council of Victoria

* https://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/about-sentencing/sentencing-law-victoria

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