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LA4039 - Advocacy and Criminal Sentencing

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

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.
Prerequisites: (LA2017 OR LA1005) AND (LA2018 OR LA1004) AND LA3004


TownsvilleCityCampus, Study Period 8, Block
Census Date 15-Aug-2019
Non-standard start/end 13-Jul-2019 to 04-Oct-2019
Face to face teaching 13-Jul-2019 to 03-Aug-2019 (9am-5pm: Sat 13/07; 9am-5pm: Sat/Sun 20-21/07 and 27-28/07; 9am-5pm: Sat 03/08.)
Lecturers: Professor Stephen Graw, Mr Mark Fenlon, <Person not found>, Mr Luke Neal.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
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.