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LA4039 - Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

The subject covers two discrete but related topics: the principles and practice of courtroom advocacy and an in-depth examination of the legislation and authorities governing the sentencing process. Practical consideration of the bail application process are also covered. Students are introduced to the different styles and approaches that can be applied to best present a client's case in both civil and criminal appearances across a range of courts and will have the opportunity to practise the skills taught in a practical setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the bail application process;
  • understand the different styles and approaches that can be used to best present material in civil and criminal appearances in a court of law;
  • use the different styles and approaches to advocacy;
  • be familiar with the legislation and authorities that govern the sentencing process;
  • understand the process for making a bail application.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: (LA2017 OR LA1005) AND (LA2018 OR LA1004) AND LA3004


Townsville, Study Period 8, Block
Census Date 16-Aug-2012
Non-standard start/end 15-Jul-2012 to 28-Sep-2012
Face to face teaching 15-Jul-2012 to 05-Aug-2012 (38 hours of workshops and seminars: Taught over the following days: 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th July and 5th August.)
Coordinator: Professor Stephen Graw
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 38 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Use of the Law School's Moot Court and availability of video and sound recording equipment to provide student feedback and an assessment record. Students will be required to attend all classes as assessment will be integrated throughout the coursework.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.