The Advocacy course is covered over the two-year period of training for the Legal Education Certificate. The objective of the course is for students to acquire the key skills and techniques required to advocate for their clients. This includes oral and written advocacy.The course is structured in a very practical way. Students are required to engage in a series of practical exercises.
The Advocacy course covers a variety of topics, including active listening; effective note taking; interviewing techniques; case preparation and case analysis; writing skeleton arguments and legal opinions; case theory and case analysis; opening and closing statements; examination, cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses; tendering and applying to admit exhibits into evidence; conducting voir dires; making no-case submissions and learning how to raise useful and effective objections in litigation proceedings.
The course is assessed by the in-class practical exercises and tutorials and also by the performance of the students in interviewing sessions and moots. The moots are assessed by members of the judiciary or well-experienced trial counsel. All of these assessments are geared towards determining whether a student has satisfactorily completed the course.
In the Advocacy training students are also taught court etiquette including how to address the various participants in the process with respect and dignity. Students are also guided on appropriate presentation of self, as well as the protocols of appearance in a Court or other such forum.