Advocacy and Legal Ethics

Academics

COURSE OUTLINE

PART ONE

  1. Effective communication
    1. Written and oral
    2. Principles of communication for lawyers
    3. Proper use of language
    4. Category of audience a lawyer will deal with
  2. Interviewing-types and purpose in advocacy
  3. Listening-types and purpose in advocacy
    1. Passive Listening
    2. Responsive Listening
    3. Receptive Listening
    4. Active Listening
  4. Questioning – types  and role in advocacy
    1. Leading question
    2. Open ended questioning
    3. Close questioning
    4. Yes and No questioning
    5. Alternate questioning
    6. Transition
    7. Point of reference
    8. Rhetorical question
  5. Non-verbal communication-types and role
    1. Eye contact
    2. Body posture
    3. Hand movement
    4. Hand gestures
    5. Leg movement
    6. Hand shaking
  6. Preconceptions-Dangers and purpose in advocacy
  7. You and your voice
  8. Advocate as a storyteller
  9. Meaning and foundation of advocacy
  10. Qualities of an advocate
    1. Practice and industry
    2. Tenacity
    3. Courage
    4. Self – Control
    5. Honesty
    6. Presence
    7. Judgment
    8. Language
    9. Humanity

PART TWO

LITIGATION IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION

  1. Opening Speech/Address
  2. Examination-in-chief
  3. Cross-examination
  4. Closing Speech

 

PART THREE

LEGAL ETHICS

  1. Legal Profession Act 1960, Acct 32 and Amendments
  2. Legal Profession (Prof. Etiquette Rules 1969 L.I. 613)
  3. Constitution and code of Ethics of the GBA
  4. Four-Fold Duties of a Lawyer
  5. Dress code

 

PRACTICAL PROGRAMMES

  1. Visit to Nsawam Medium Security Prisons
  2. Courtroom visits- Supreme Court, Appeal Court and High Court
  3. Internal Advocacy Moot Presentations

 

RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOKS

  1. Advocacy Negotiations and Conference skills (Blackstone Press Ltd)
  2. The Art of the Advocate (Richard Du Cann)
  3. The Techniques of persuasion
  4. The Art of Cross – examination (Francis Welman)
  5. Golden rules of Advocacy (Keith Evans)