Legal skills

CDU offers two practical legal professional skills units as part of its Bachelor of Laws programs.  Successful completion of one of them is a mandatory part of the LLB program.  The subjects are available both to internal students and online for our many external students in Australia and overseas. CDU is the first university in Australia (and possibly the world) to teach legal professional skills online.

Practical role-play exercises and tuition are conducted via CDU’s Blackboard Collaborate voice and video-enabled virtual classroom.

Both skills units are open for cross-institutional enrolment by students from other Australian law schools, subject to enrolment approval by both CDU and your home university.  Cross-institutional enrolment application form: HE106 Cross Institutional Enrolment (.pdf, 91KB).

LWS221 Dispute Resolution

The unit provides a student with both a theoretical and practical foundation to the related skills of client interviewing and mediation. Students are provided with instruction in the “theory” of client interviewing and the various models of mediation. They are then provided with “learning through doing” opportunities through role playing scenarios.

In 2014 this unit will be delivered in intensive mode during the June-July break.

LWS320 Practical Advocacy

The unit provides a student with both a theoretical and practical foundation to the skills of advocacy. Whilst instruction primarily takes place in the context of a court room scenario, the skills of argument structure and presentation have broader application and will be of relevance to many situations where a graduate may be required to present oral argument in support of a proposition.

In 2014 this unit will be taught over the full 12 weeks of semester 2.

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