LAWS12064 - Legal Advocacy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Legal Advocacy concerns the preparation for and oral presentation of persuasive legal arguments. The unit includes how to prepare for, structure and present oral arguments - examining topics such as interviewing, negotiation, and fundamentals of trial technique. It is essential that lawyers know how to present their arguments in a coherent and persuasive manner. Students will prepare numerous oral presentations culminating in a moot.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- LAWS13010 & corequisite LAWS13017

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 10%
2. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 30%
4. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 81.25% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
Chris is incredibly knowledgeable and the course is well structured. I especially liked the structure and progression of the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
The progression of tasks should be maintained.
Action Taken
Tasks maintained.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
I enjoyed that the groups were broken down into small groups of 4. This enabled me to focus more on the task at hand and not be overwhelmed due to a large audience.
Recommendation
The group approach should be maintained.
Action Taken
Groups maintained.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
erhaps a better or more extensive explanation of what was expected for assessments, but overall this wasn't a big problem
Recommendation
This will be addressed.
Action Taken
This was addressed as reflected in the Have Your Say for 2019. Further attention should be given to this.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
A more extensive explanation of what is expected for assessments, but overall this is not a big problem.
Recommendation
The Assessment instructions should be further fine tuned.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Make the Moot topic more focused rather than on a choice from a number of issues.
Recommendation
Assessment Four is due for a make over, which should consider this feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Provide a marking template.
Recommendation
This is not practicable. There are rubrics and criteria and it is clear from the Study Guides supplemented in tutorial discussions what is expected. Feedback is given orally to each student after each group has completed. This is necessarily individually tailored for each student.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Competently prepare and present persuasive quality oral arguments and presentations that are simple, clear, comprehensive, unambiguous, ethically sound, ethnically sensitive, gender neutral, and in plain language.
  2. Implement a research strategy to support a moot and a plea in mitigation.
  3. Analyse and explain how clients and the public interpret and construct meaning from oral arguments.
  4. Apply analytical and critical legal skills in formulating an oral and written argument.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment