Course Title: Introduction to Legal Advocacy in Trials

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Legal Advocacy in Trials

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Lemuel Didulo Lopez

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 0269

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides an introduction to advocacy in trials in the Australian adversarial system. The aim is to introduce law students to aspects of trial advocacy and cases to assist students to practice as advocates. The course develops student legal practice skills including in examination in chief, cross examination, the role of expert witnesses, forensic evidence and closing arguments. The course also engages with legal research and analytical skills to support and develop a trial case. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will: 

CLO1: Explain and appraise the construction of adversarial legal systems and trials.  

CLO2: Analyse and research complex legal problems relating to trial advocacy.

CLO3: Demonstrate legal skills including examination in chief, cross examination, the role of expert witnesses, forensic evidence and closing arguments in a legal simulation. 

CLO4: Explain the ethical considerations and their application in legal advocacy. 




Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities generally comprise the following: 

• Leading and participating in class discussion on legal problems and policy issues and engaging in roleplays; 
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching. 

Participating in legal role-plays and a courtroom simulation. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies/Canvas. Class activities, recordings, notes and outcomes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1 & 3

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOS: 2 & 4

Assessment Task 3: 50% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2 & 3