Fundamental Skills

We offer the core trial advocacy skills courses you need to build a level of confidence when arguing your clients case in court.

Advanced Skills

Our advanced trial advocacy skills training courses are specifically targeted to the needs of those who are serious about trial skills.

Individual Courses

No multi-day seminars offered once per year, like some other providers. Take the courses you want at a time more convenient to you.

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Course Offerings

We have designed our training program to cover the full scope of trial advocacy topics. Some of our courses include:

  • “Developing A Theory of the Case”
  • “Preparation for Trial”
  • “Trial Organisation”
  • “Jury Selection and Persuasion”
  • “Creating Persuasive Opening Addresses”
  • “Examination-in-Chief”
  • “Examination of Expert Witnesses”
  • “Introduction and Use of Exhibits”
  • “Cross-Examination”
  • “Cross-Examination of Experts”
  • “Impeachment of Witnesses”
  • “Creating Persuasive Closing Arguments”
  • “Making and Answering Objections”
  • “Trial Ethics and Etiquette”
  • And more...

All of our courses run for at least one hour, although the actual length of the course depends on the depth of knowledge covered. Several of our courses are multi-hour offerings. Programs are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You are sure to be able to find a course that meets your needs and current level of experience.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Legal professionals, including solicitors and barristers, in Australia are required to complete a specified number of continuing professional development (CPD) units each year in order to maintain their professional licenses.

Although the specific rules vary in each jurisdiction, the general requirement is for 10 legal CPD units in each CPD year, which covers 1 April - 31 March every year. Of those 10 units required, for solicitors, at least one must come from each of the following four categories:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Practice Management and Business Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law

For solicitors, the courses that we offer in Trial Advocacy Skills Training fall under the three core categories of Professional Skills, Practice Management and Business Skills, and Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Our courses can help Australian solicitors succeed in meeting the minimum annual requirements in their jurisdiction.

Barristers generally have similar annual CPD hour requirements, however, the four categories from which their CPDs are selected are labeled with a slight difference:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Practice Management and Business Skills
  • Barristers' Skills
  • Substantive Law, Practice & Procedure, & Evidence

For barristers, the courses that we offer in Trial Advocacy Skills Training fall under all four categories. Our courses can help Australian barristers succeed in meeting all their annual requirements in their jurisdiction.

Our training courses are also available to legal students wishing to further their education in the legal field and we welcome them to join our classes. However, only licensed legal practitioners can earn CPD credit for taking our Trial Advocacy Skills Training courses.

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