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Advanced Advocacy and Mooting PG (11452.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



    This unit provides students with an advanced level training in legal advocacy, with the added bonus of potentially representing the university at high-profile mooting competitions at national or international levels.

    Students will learn to develop professional-level written and oral advocacy skills needed in different areas of law, and will have the opportunity to test those skills in competitions replicating various dispute resolution fora like state courts, negotiation, mediation, or arbitration. This advanced level elective builds on skills developed in the introductory Advocacy and Communication unit, and enables students to prepare for the demands of professional practice. Representing the university in competitions is internally competitive, with only the best students earning the privilege to do so. Any international component of mooting involving travel abroad is organised in collaboration with the UC Study Abroad Office.

    Note: The unit may involve additional costs for registration and travel to mooting competition within or outside Australia.

    This unit may be co-taught with an undergraduate version of the unit.

    Learning Outcomes

    After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Apply advanced legal advocacy skills, including research, analysis, application of legal principles, oral and written legal arguments in complex cases, in selected areas of national or international law;

    2. Identify the policy considerations implicit in developing law and legal arguments at national or international level;

    3. Present and refute detailed legal arguments, with confidence and competence while being exposed to intense questioning;

    4. Use appropriate courtroom etiquette, interpersonal attitudes and ethical behaviour; and

    5. Work professionally in a team, while under high pressure.

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week of seminar type classes on campus, plus travel off campus to competitions.


    This unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor course.

    Students must have passed 11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G AND 11451 Advocacy and Communication PG, or equivalent, AND an additional 24 credit points of law units.



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    Equivalent Units

    8686 Mooting PG

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