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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Provides the student with skills in legal research and advocacy necessary to compete in mooting competitions. Students will be eligible to participate in the Jessup International Mooting Competition, if selected.

Unit content

Analysing a hypothetical legal problem – Legal research and analysis – Teamwork – Moot procedure and court etiquette – Structuring a legal argument – Persuading the judge – Anticipating arguments from the other side – Answering questions from the bench – Closing arguments – Time management – Written submissions – Participation in moots

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Research and prepare detailed written submissions outlining legal arguments; Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
2 Demonstrate oral advocacy skills in a courtroom environment by the presentation of a legal argument and the response to related questions; Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of professional etiquette through the application of those rules in a courtroom environment; Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills
4 Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Research and prepare detailed written submissions outlining legal arguments;
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. Demonstrate oral advocacy skills in a courtroom environment by the presentation of a legal argument and the response to related questions;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of professional etiquette through the application of those rules in a courtroom environment;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills