LAW270 Interviewing for Advocacy

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 1 per government advice to avoid large indoor gatherings. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. We are working as quickly as possible to update the published information regarding unit assessments but warn that the information contained here may be inaccurate or subject to change. Information about assessment changes will be provided to student via individual Moodle unit sites as they become available. Immediate information on online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 18 March 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale OUA Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Jon Emmett (
Unit Description

This unit is designed to familiarise students with the advanced and specialist knowledge of interviewing in the context of advocacy and preparation for litigation. The unit will introduce students to a broad understanding of theories of psychology, law, communication and linguistics relevant to interviewing, recognising rational and social political factors that may impact on questioning and interviewing different cohorts, such as Children, elderly and vulnerable, juveniles and Indigenous people.

The unit will also apply this theoretical knowledge to develop practical skills in effective interviewing questioning, and communication.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Investigative Interviewing Explained

ISBN: 9780409338119
Ord, B., Shaw, G. and Green, T., LexisNexis 4th ed. 2014

Note: Electronic devices are not permitted in a paper-based exam. Therefore, if you choose to purchase this text as an e-book, you will not be permitted to use it in a paper-based open book exam. If the unit has an online supervised exam and you choose to sit the open book exam online (go to Online Supervised Exams for more information) you will be permitted to refer to the e-text during the online supervised exam, only if they are on the desktop/laptop computer.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Essay 40% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Group Interview 30% 750 (or equiv)
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Individual Online Quiz 10%
Assessment Notes

10 questions

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Witness Statement 20% 500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. use cognitive skills to identify and evaluate theories of interviewing in a legal context;
  2. analyse the impact of social and political factors on clients and determine a considerate approach to client interviewing and questioning based on these factors;
  3. reflect on and apply relevant approaches to professional advocacy to various legal scenarios;
  4. demonstrate well developed communication and client interviewing skills specific to various legal situations and practice; and
  5. use initiative and critical thinking to effectively strategise, plan and complete oral interviews with clients in a legal context.