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Legal Systems & Skills

Legal Systems & Skills (5th edn)

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Catherine Shephard, and Peter Goodchild
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date: 23 June 2024

p. 41313. Advocacy and mootinglocked

p. 41313. Advocacy and mootinglocked

  • Scott Slorach,
  • Judith Embley,
  • Peter Goodchild
  •  and Catherine Shephard


This chapter focuses on advocacy skills required during academia and in practice. The section on academia considers persuasive oral communication and confidence. It provides guidance on how to succeed both in mooting and in criminal advocacy competitions. It examines how to undertake effective case analysis using the IRAC model, and how to prepare skeleton arguments and case bundles. Examples of skeleton arguments are provided. The section on professional advocacy considers professional roles, rights of audience, areas of practice and activities. It covers practicalities such as etiquette, dress, conduct and ethics. The progress made towards a move to digital courts is also explored.

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