Advocacy is the art of persuasion in court.

The Australian Advocacy Institute Advocacy Skills Workshops provide lawyers at all levels with an
opportunity to improve essential advocacy skills, including effective preparation, performance and communication skills, in a supportive learning environment.

Participation in an AAI workshop will give you an opportunity to work with and learn from experienced
and skilled advocates who have been trained to help you improve your advocacy.


The AAI offers 3 workshop options:

  • General, Advanced and Specialist advocacy skills workshops open to all members of the legal profession.
  • Custom advocacy skills workshops and programs 'in-house' for law firms and government departments.
  • Specially tailored workshops for organisations having a right of appearance before any tribunal or hearing.

A non-commercial, not-for-profit institute, the AAI believes all people are entitled to quality legal representation by skilled and ethical legal advocates.


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AAI Advocacy Skills Workshops

Information and Registration


Queensland Law Society
Advocacy Skills Workshop

22, 23, 25 May 2024 - ONLINE

Link for participating advocates.


The AAI General Advocacy Skills Workshop -

Improve your courtroom skills with this foundation for persuasive advocacy.

This AAI Advocacy Skills workshop gives you the opportunity to practise courtroom techniques and strategies with the assistance of a faculty of experienced instructors who offer constructive and practical suggestions to improve your advocacy.


Designed for practitioners at all levels across all jurisdictions, this workshop involves instruction, performance and review of the skills, disciplines and techniques involved in persuasive advocacy.


Using a contested hearing as a template, you will practise and receive skills advice in case analysis, preparation, performance preparation, effective examination, cross-examination and persuasive argument.

This course is suitable for legal practitioners from all jurisdictions ... criminal, civil and family lawyers.


This supportive, non-competitive simulation, together with instructor demonstrations, suggested readings and personal attention, helps you develop and improve your own personal and effective style of advocacy.


At an AAI workshop you receive the best possible advocacy skills training and techniques. We provide superior teaching methods, expert faculty and innovative instructive materials to enhance your competency and professionalism and give you confidence in the courtroom.


Participants attend all sessions: Wednesday (5pm to 6.30pm) and Thursday (5pm to 6pm) held ONLINE using the AAI's ZOOM platform.  The Saturday workshop (8.45am to 3.45pm) will be IN-PERSON, using the AAI's unique access to court facilities.


All AAI workshops qualify for CPD/CLE points.


Further details on AAI Advocacy Skills Workshops are available HERE.

The AAI is an independent, not-for-profit, non-commercial training body dedicated to the improvement of advocacy skills for all lawyers.








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"General Advocacy Skills"


A foundation for persuasive advocacy in court.

The next AAI workshop open to all

legal practitioners will be held:

Wednesday 6 November 2024 ONLINE 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Thursday 7 November 2024 ONLINE 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Saturday 9 November 2024 IN-PERSON 8.45am to 3.45pm

All times are Sydney time.
Advocates attend all sessions: ONLINE for Wed/Thurs sessions and IN-PERSON on Saturday.



25% Discounted Registration Fee is available for ALS, Legal Aid
and Community Legal Centre lawyers.


Registration will be limited in numbers ... Covid protocols will apply.

Registration fee also includes a complimentary hard copy of the
AAI Advocacy Manual (RRP $198.00).
This workshop qualifies for CLE/CPD points.


Workshop registration will open online, 1 July 2024.

If you wish to be placed on the pre-registration list
or notification for future workshops,
please email the AAI at:


* The AAI is a not-for-profit, non-commercial training provider.
Workshop fees go solely towards meeting our management and costs associated
with conducting this training.


2nd Edition

The AAI Advocacy Manual

The Complete Guide to
Persuasive Advocacy


The definitive manual on advocacy skills.
A practical guide to the philosophy, performance and practice of good advocacy.

The 2nd edition of the AAI Advocacy Manual has updated chapters on evidence, appellate advocacy and argument.


A discount is available for University Students,
AAI workshop attendees, and orders for an Academic/Library/Supplier copy.


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