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LAWS77-792: Trial and Appellate Advocacy


Trial and Appellate Advocacy is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. Students enrolled in this subject will learn the practical skills necessary to enable them to represent a client in a trial, either civil or criminal. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to conduct trial proceedings both effectively, and with due regard to ethical considerations.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: LAWS77-792
EFTSL: 0.125
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law
Subject fees:
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,250.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450.00
  • Commencing in 2021: $5,710.00
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710.00
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860.00

Learning objectives

1. Students will need to demonstrate knowledge of and proper application of the rules of trial and appellate procedure, advocacy and evidence. 2. Students will need to conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner and to apply and abide by proper ethical trial and appellate practice. 3. Students will need to identify issues and apply the correct substantive law to a trial and appellate problem. 4. Students will need to present oral and written argument and examinations consistent with principles of trial and appellate advocacy.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.


Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.