The Art and Science of Oral Advocacy: An Insider's Perspective

Sharma, R, Singh, H and Ng, E 2018, 'The Art and Science of Oral Advocacy: An Insider's Perspective' in Augusto Zimmermann (ed.) A Commitment to Excellence, Connor Court, Australia, pp. 364-388.


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Title The Art and Science of Oral Advocacy: An Insider's Perspective
Author(s) Sharma, R
Singh, H
Ng, E
Year 2018
Title of book A Commitment to Excellence
Publisher Connor Court
Place of publication Australia
Editor(s) Augusto Zimmermann
Start page 364
End page 388
Subjects Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
Summary Lawyers are known for their gift of the gab. But the tragic truth is that not all lawyers can employ it effectively. It is true that standalone advocacy cannot unilaterally win the case, but effective advocacy can, more likely than not, win the hearts and minds of judges, clients and even audiences. Advocacy is an art as well as a science and no one taught this better than Prof. Gabriël Moens. With good planning, preparation and practice, a law student can be molded into a persuasive lawyer with his/her advocacy skills. Good advocacy skills in mooting require mastery over several areas. In Part I of this Paper, the overall key aspects of a successful moot will cover the case theory, road map, agging and highlighting key authorities. In Part II, emphasis is laid on answering questions and how to tackle them effectively. Finally, in Part III, the article concludes with an expansion on rebuttal and sur-rebuttal techniques and how to conclude a case. Throughout each Part, acquiring each skill is expounded in a step-by-step method with examples shown from a mooting context which can just as easily be replicated in a real-life court/tribunal scenario.
Copyright notice Copyright © Augusto Zimmermann 2018. All rights reserved.
Keyword(s) Moot Advocacy
Arbitration Moot Advocacy
Advocacy before court
Case theory
Question and Answer
Rebuttal
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