Solicitor Advocate Course

Increase your skill base for advocacy work in courts and tribunals, at an intensive advocacy workshop.

As an ever-increasing share of advocacy in Queensland is undertaken by solicitors, clients and employers are looking for candidates with a skill-set that includes the ability to run matters personally, in courts and tribunals. Whether you are an early career lawyer looking to bolster your employability, a solicitor transitioning to back-end work or looking to start your own practice, strong advocacy skills are a must. The ability to conference with and prepare clients, examine and cross-examine witnesses and deliver persuasive submissions will be essential to the solicitors of the future.

To enhance your ability to deliver personalised and effective advocacy and give you the edge in court, the QLS Ethics and Practice Centre have partnered with the Australian Advocacy Institute to offer an intensive course covering these essential skills.

Disciplines covered by the workshop include:

  • presenting applications and injunctions
  • development of case theory
  • preparing and delivering effective examination and cross-examination
  • preparing and delivering logical and persuasive opening and closing submissions
  • communication in the courtroom
  • advocating in an ethical way

The workshop will provide the opportunity to practise these skills in a real court setting and under the guidance of expert instructors including judges and experienced advocates.

Upcoming courses

  • Solicitor Advocate Course: Family Law
    Wednesday 20 July to Saturday 23 July
  • Solicitor Advocate Course: Foundations
    Wednesday 16 November to Saturday 19 November
  • Solicitor Advocate Course: Advanced
  • Solicitor Advocate Course: Building on Foundations

To express your interest in registering for courses not yet open for registration, contact the Events team on 07 3842 5806 or and we will notify you when registrations open.

Given the current COVID-19 restrictions, QLS and AAI has transitioned this course to an online format. Hear from The Honourable Justice Ann Ainslie-Wallace, Chair AAI who will explain how the course will run.