The AAI Advocacy Skills Workshop

Workshop Details


A Foundation for Effective Advocacy

This exciting program gives you the opportunity to practise trial techniques and strategies with the assistance of a faculty of experienced instructors who will offer constructive and practical suggestions to improve your advocacy.


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


The AAI conducts all workshops in simulated courtroom sessions. You will be given various advocacy tasks to perform, including Opening Address, Leading Evidence, Cross Examination and Closing Argument which you will present before a judge/instructor as you would in an actual court situation. You will receive immediate feedback on your performance from trained AAI Instructors. You will also benefit from seeing the other participants' performances and hearing their performance reviews.


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


This workshop will provide theory and practical exercises in:

• Performance of applications and injunctions

• Case Preparation

• Preparation for Performance

• Development of case theory

• Examination and cross examination of witnesses

• Opening addresses and closing argument

• Communication skills


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 a competitive edge in the courtroom.


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


Carefully Selected Faculty

The AAI strives to select a dynamic instructing faculty for each workshop, based on their professional expertise in advocacy. They will bring their experience to your learning through their evaluations of your performance as well as by lecture and demonstration. Faculty members know there is no one correct way to present certain issues. They will help you find the technique that best fits your particular abilities and strengths.


Personal Attention

The AAI believes in the learning-by-doing methodology, which is highly effective in small groups of participants teamed with one or two faculty members. This arrangement allows for intensive individual instruction.


Travel and Accommodation

Travel and accommodation are NOT included in the workshop and are the responsibility of each participant.


Cancellation and Refunds

Registered participants who have paid their registration in full may cancel that registration on notification to the AAI no later than 30 days before the workshop commencement date.  A 10% administration fee will be charged on all such cancellations.

Cancellations made between 30 to 15 days before workshop commencement date will be entitled to a refund less 25%.  Cancellations within the period 14 days or less before workshop commencement date will be entitled to a refund less 50%. 
No refunds are available once a workshop has commenced.

Commencement date is the date of the first workshop session, usually held on a Wednesday evening.

Should a workshop be canceled by the AAI, a full refund of all Registration Fees will be made, regardless of the proposed commencement date.


CLE/CPD Points

All AAI workshops are accredited for CLE/CPD points. The number of points applicable is generally the maximum points available in one specialist stream [i.e. "Advocacy" or "Education"] plus one point in "Ethics". Please contact your state Bar Association/Law Society for relevant information.

Please note that the AAI does not issue certificates of completion or proficiency. The Workshop Timetable issued for each workshop stating the attendees name, together with the AAI receipt for the Registration Fee, is sufficient proof of attendance. A list of the AAI teaching faculty is distributed at each workshop.


Limited Enrollment

Enrollment in this program is limited and will be restricted to ensure that the Instructor/Participant ratio provides personalised instruction. Registration is accepted on a first payment received basis.




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