Course Outline

LAW318 Advocacy

Course Coordinator:Dominique Moritz ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Session 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


The course examines the skills and techniques employed by advocates, in preparation for appearances in court and other settings. This course will introduce you to the fundamental principles of practice as an advocate. You will study case preparation, written and oral advocacy techniques, appellate advocacy and the ethical duties relating to practice as an advocate in dealings with opponents, courts and tribunals. The course will prepare you for practice as an advocate and for participation in mooting and other competitions.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online learning materials 5hrs Week 1 Once Only
Seminar – Online seminar 1hr Week 2 Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshops scheduled as an intensive session, Monday to Friday. 25hrs Week 4 Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Assessment workshop, on campus 2hrs Week 5 Once Only

Course Topics

  • Techniques for case preparation and developing a theory of the case  
  • Preparation of effective written advocacy 
  • Techniques of oral advocacy 
  • Etiquette and ethical principles 
  • Criminal Trials: Opening and closing, sentencing and bail applications 
  • Dealing with witnesses - examination in chief, cross-examination and re-examination  
  • Appellate advocacy
  • Advocacy in ADR processes

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Research, interpret, synthesise and apply relevant legal, factual and ethical matters in the practice of advocacy. Creative and critical thinker
2 Apply creative thinking, analysis and judgment to generate appropriate responses to legal and ethical issues and problems in the practice of advocacy. Creative and critical thinker
3 Communicate effectively, concisely, persuasively and in a professional manner, using oral, written and non-verbal communication in the practice of advocacy. Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


LAW104 and enrolled in any Law Program


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will receive formative feedback within the teaching period through a variety of practical activities that are designed to train and test advocacy skills. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Report Individual 15%
1,000 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Oral Individual 45%
15 minutes
Week 5 In Class
All 3 Written Piece Individual 40%
1,500 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Case Theory Report
The goal of this exercise is for you to use a case analysis methodology to produce a report on your theory of the case and communicate the results effectively and concisely.
Product: Report
This is a document of 1,000 words, completed individually, which sets out your theory of the case.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Research, interpretation, synthesis and application of relevant factual, legal and ethical matters
Application of case analysis methodology and creative thinking, analysis and judgement to generate an effective case theory
Effective, concise communication in the case theory report, with correct use of AGLC4 referencing
All - Assessment Task 2:Oral Advocacy Exercise
In this assessment you will present your case orally to a simulated court.
Product: Oral
Oral presentation (15 minutes) to the examiner, who will play the role of a judicial officer.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Research, interpret, synthesise and apply relevant factual, legal and ethical matters
Apply creative thinking, analysis and judgement to generate appropriate responses to legal and ethical issues and problems
Development of the argument contained in the written submission and synthesis into a persuasive oral submission
Communicate effectively, concisely, persuasively and professionally in both verbal and non-verbal modes
All - Assessment Task 3:Written Submission
The goal of this exercise is for you to write a submission to the court in accordance with the formal requirements of the jurisdiction.
Product: Written Piece
Written submission of 1,500 words, completed individually, in compliance with the formal requirements of the jurisdiction, provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Research, interpretation and application of relevant factual, legal and ethical matters
Synthesis into a persuasive written submission
1 2
Application of creative thinking, analysis and judgement to generate appropriate responses to legal issues and problems
Effective, concise, professional and persuasive communication in the written submission

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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