Singapore University of Social Sciences

Trial Advocacy (LAW405)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Legal

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed


LAW405 Trial Advocacy takes the student from the classroom into the courtroom. Students put together knowledge of evidence and procedure and learn the steps or oral advocacy. There will be heavy reliance on role-play as students are put through advocacy exercise. Court craft like all skills will take time to develop, but training students with the basic skills sets them up to enter the world of practice.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • The Trial Process – General Principles
  • The Psychology of Persuasion
  • Understanding the Judge/Tribunal
  • Examination in Chief/Affidavits of Evidence in Chief
  • Dealing with Real Evidence/Exhibits
  • Cross-Examination
  • Expert Evidence
  • Objections
  • Closing Arguments
  • Trial Preparation and Strategy
  • Written Advocacy – Skeletal Arguments, submissions
  • Summary Trials/Hearings

Learning Outcome

  • Distinguish the various stages of the trial process and the role of the advocate in court
  • Examine legal concepts, values, principles and procedures of Singapore law and explain the relationship between them in a number of subject areas, as well as to apply them
  • Analyse fact patterns to identify relevant issues of law, fact and procedure.
  • Categorize the issues identified into the relevant rules of substantive law, procedure or evidence.
  • Apply the relevant laws and principles to come to a conclusion on the issues
  • Formulate an opinion, provide a solution and advise based on the conclusions
  • Discuss critically, competing arguments in literature or in a group situation and make a reasoned choice between alternatives
  • Express ideas, concepts and arguments in the English language and legal terminology with care and accuracy
  • Employ information technology in an office environment for the search for information, the preparation of documents and presentations
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