TRIAL ADVOCACY - SEMESTER TWO 2021
WHAT IS TRIAL ADVOCACY?
The Trial Advocacy Competition reflects the real workings of the courtroom, as competitors present opening and closing addresses as well as examining and cross-examining witnesses. Cases are based on real civil and criminal matters.
Competitors put the rules of evidence into practical application and gain invaluable experience in the operation of the courts and formally presenting a persuasive argument.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
At 9 am, 3 days day before the trial, competitors receive their brief. Competitors should review the problem and evidence to find legal and factual issues, although extensive legal research is unnecessary. On the night of the trial, competitors are introduced to their witnesses and have 35 minutes to interview the witness and outline to them how the case will be dealt with.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
This competition aims to help students improve their advocacy skills, formulation of persuasive legal argument, drafting of legal documents and court etiquette.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any student enrolled in a Law Degree at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Dates will be released towards the end of semester 1.