Diploma in Prosecution and Advocacy

Why study the Diploma in Prosecution and Advocacy at UNE?

The Diploma in Prosecution and Advocacy will provide students with the legal knowledge and skills to conduct defended criminal proceedings by one party against another in the criminal justice system, with a focus on: the discretion of the prosecutor in investigation, charging and plea negotiation, case analysis, interviewing witnesses, and negotiation, as well as other aspects of case handling and courtroom advocacy. A student will develop the necessary skills to make representations to plead a case, to argue and persuade on behalf of client or organisation.

Career Opportunities

This course is applicable to Police Prosecutors, general Police officers, residential tenancy's, legal service employees who are likely to prosecute in the following areas: municipal and regional councils, National Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture, Health care industry, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Transport, Aboriginal Affairs and target individual Schools and other large organisations and private companies.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)

2016 ATAR / OP

New Course

2017 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation DipProsAdvoc
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply)
Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures) which includes:

(a) completed Australian senior secondary studies; or

(b) completed overseas secondary qualifications or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications; or

(c) completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications; or

(d) completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; or

(e) satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; or

(f) satisfied any additional requirements and/or selection criteria prescribed for particular courses; or

(g) obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; or

(h) satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students in the course complete either LSSU360 Professional Experience unit or LSSU380 Court Advocacy. Both units include real or simulated practical experiences in Court room Moots. Students also complete LAW270 Interviewing for Advocacy which includes simulated real one on one interview situations.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

Ultramarine (BCC148)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Diploma in Prosecution and Advocacy in 2017.

Admission to Candidature

An undergraduate candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures) which includes:
(a) completed Australian senior secondary studies; or
(b) completed overseas secondary qualifications or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications; or
(c) completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications; or
(d) completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; or
(e) satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; or
(f) satisfied any additional requirements and/or selection criteria prescribed for particular courses; or
(g) obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; or
(h) satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 36 cps
Elective Units 12 cps
Total 48 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Diploma in Prosecution and Advocacy.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the legal knowledge and skills to conduct defended criminal proceedings in the criminal justice system, with a focus on: the discretion of the prosecutor in investigation, charging and plea negotiation, case analysis, interviewing witnesses, as well as other aspects of case handling and courtroom advocacy.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the Australian legal system, courtroom proceedings, values and theoretical principles for working in a legal context and an awareness of legal issues in Criminal proceedings;
  2. use autonomy and professional judgement to prepare, strategies, develop and critically evaluate persuasive legal arguments that consider the evidence, facts, cases, legislation applicable to a specific legal case;
  3. demonstrate clear, coherent and structured advocacy skills to communicate persuasive legal arguments to both legal and non-legal audiences; and
  4. work collaboratively with others in a way that respects diverse opinions and perspectives, including effective listening, teamwork, organisation and interviewing skills to problem solve and communicate outcomes in diverse legal scenarios.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of a discipline is taught, practised and assessed in all units. Students will gain an understanding of effective legal prosecution. Students will be encouraged to consider Criminal law and prosecution through Indigenous, theoretical, social and political perspectives. Legal resources may include international law, comparative material such as case-law and legislation from other jurisdictions and also social, political and economic perspectives.

Communication Skills

Communication skills are taught, practised and assessed throughout this course. Students will develop oral advocacy and presentation skills relevant to legal contexts through assessments such as essays and oral presentations. These skills will benefit students as they will have well-developed communication skills which are essential to collaborate and liaise effectively with clients and colleagues in legal and non-legal contexts.

Problem Solving

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course using scenarios requiring students to use cognitive and critical thinking skills to identify legal issues, analyse and evaluate the relevant legislation and cases to construct relevant solutions and ethical legal arguments.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is taught, practised and assessed throughout the course as students need to identify, access, and navigate complex databases to retrieve primary and secondary material. Students need to critically evaluate this information to complete assessment tasks.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Throughout the course, ethical conduct and social responsibility is taught, practised and assessed. Students need to reflect on the principles of professional and social responsibility and apply these to a range of ethical issues and scenarios. This is assessed through evaluation and analysis of reflective based and scenario based assessment tasks.

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning is taught and assessed in this course through reflective tasks that encourage critical analysis on professional experience, and appreciation of the law as a dynamic discipline.

Independence and Collaboration

This graduate attribute is taught, practised and assessed in this course. Students are required to work independently and complete learning and assessment that requires self-directed learning and initiative. Students must also collaborate together in a variety of learning and assessment tasks over the course.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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