This short course will provide inexperienced advocates with the opportunity to hone their oral and written advocacy skills.
Study Advanced Advocacy at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This short course is skills-based and will improve the oral and written advocacy skills of its participants who will most likely be practising lawyers/tribunal representatives. It will concentrate on helping them, through a variety of practical exercises and role plays, to hone their skills in the examination and cross-examination of witnesses and to make persuasive oral and written legal argument in courts or tribunals. In addition, it will also introduce them to the world of electronic information, its use, management and issues for discovery and trial/tribunal purposes.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13208
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About this course
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This short course, lasting six weeks, will provide inexperienced advocates with the opportunity to hone their oral and written advocacy skills through a series of practical exercises that will be observed, videotaped, and critiqued.
The course will be based on advocacy exercises with an emphasis on cross-examination, courtroom skills and persuasive oral and written argument. The course is intended to provide an enjoyable and stimulating opportunity to enhance advocacy skills while gaining essential CPD points.
The course will be taught by Martin Blake, a former barrister and current attorney at law who, for sixteen years, taught advanced advocacy at Hasting College of the Law, San Francisco. He will be assisted by Sir Paul Girvan, former Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland. Additional assistance will also be provided by law students from Ulster University who will play the parts of witnesses for clinical exercises.
The course will be limited to ten students in order to maximise the opportunities for participants to perform and for skills to be demonstrated. Early registration is recommended.
Linked programmesPgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,
100% Coursework – Practical Advocacy Skills Assessment
This course requires weekly attendance on Fridays from 2.15pm – 5.15pm for six weeks starting Friday 30 September 2016 and finishing Friday 4 November 2016.
Any undergraduate degree. Applicants must also have a background in advice and tribunal representation with recent experience of tribunals. Preference for places will be given to practising solicitors/barristers.
English Language Requirements
International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.
- 30 September 2016
Fees and funding
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- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available at http://addl.ulster.ac.uk/docs/FlexiblePathwaysApplication201516.docx
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