LAW270 Interviewing for Advocacy

Updated: 15 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
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) Monique Cormier (
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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.