Course Code: LAW 425

ADVOCACY

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the art of advocacy and court craft, as it is practised in Singapore. It will be practice-oriented and skills-based. The course will consists of 10 weeks of seminars and 4 - 5 practice sessions by lawyers, including Senior Counsels from leading law firm/s. They will cover specific areas such as development of case theory, opening statements, cross-examination techniques and closing submissions. This will give the students real insight into the actual workings of litigation practice in Singapore and in an opportunity to interact with and be inspired by the very best litigators in town through the practice sessions. The practice sessions will be a series of 4 - 5 "learn-by-doing" workshops, where the students will be asked to perform various advocacy tasks using a case study in a simulated court room environment. The seminars will focus on the following areas, development of case theory, pleadings, preparing for trial, drafting opening statements, drafting Affidavits Examination-in-chief, learning cross-examination and re-examination, drafting closing submissions and ethics and etiquette. This will give students a hands-on opportunity to practice trial techniques and strategies with the assistance of experienced and skilled trainers, who will offer constructive and practical suggestions in a supportive learning environment. 

 

Students will develop essential advocacy skills, including effective preparation and communication skills, and develop their own effective style of advocacy. 

INSTRUCTOR (S)

Rathna N. Koman

Associate Professor of Law (Practice)

Email: rathnakoman@smu.edu.sg

Offering Term(s):

AY 17/18 Term 2,  

PRE-REQUISITE

Must have successfully completed LAW 306 Law of Evidence & Civil Procedure OR Law 307 Law of Evidence

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