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Trial Advocacy (LLB328)
|Organisational Unit||Law and Criminology|
|Description||The purpose of the unit is to give students an understanding of the nature of the trial process and to learn basic techniques of trial advocacy. These include identifying the case theory, opening and closing addresses, submissions on law and fact, proofing witnesses, examination, cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses, tender and proof of physical and documentary evidence|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify the case theory, opening and closing addresses
2. Identify submissions on law and fact
3. Proof witnesses, examination, cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses
4. Tender and proof of physical and documentary evidence
5. Understand the basic rules of evidence
6. Outline civil and criminal trial procedure
7. Raise ethical issues for consideration.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Taught intensively over 5 days|
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit is taught in intensive mode. Students will be given a wide variety of trial scenarios and will then work in small groups to present their trials to the instructors. Mock trials will be interspersed with seminar style discussion and examples of best practice trial advocacy skills. As a finale, student groups will present an entire trial.|
|Assessment||This unit is run on a pass/fail basis. Attendance is compulsory. Students will be assessed on the extent to which their performance of group work activities shows an understanding of the principles covered in the workshops. Students will also write a reflective paper.
These assessments will test the students' understanding of the nature of the trial process and the basic techniques of trial advocacy, including case theory, opening and closing addresses, submissions on law and fact, proofing witnesses, examination, cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses, tender and proof of physical and documentary evidence.
|Prerequisites||Successful completion of LLB352/LAW252 Evidence|
|Exclusions||Students who have completed LAW328 Trial Advocacy may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Notes||The week over which this unit runs will not be announced until arrangements have been finalised with the various instructor. This unit usually runs in one of the first two weeks in July.|
|Quota||This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to interactive teaching methods. Preference will be given to students in Law in their final year.|
|Assessment||A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.|
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|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|
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