NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programmes provide in-depth hands-on training in the skills needed for successful courtroom advocacy.
In 2021, we are delighted to be able to offer two non-residential Litigation Skills Programmes to be held in Auckland and Wellington. (Please note that participants will need to source their own accommodation if required). Aside from the non-residential aspect these courses are essentially the same programme as the well-known residential Christchurch course and will use the same National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) teaching method.Applications for these programmes must be received by 5pm on their respective closing dates. All applicants must meet with the prerequisite criteria, ie 2+ years of litigation experience.
You will perform in simulated courtroom exercises a number of times every day. To help you to recognise and learn from your mistakes, you will be critiqued by faculty members as soon as you complete your performance. All faculty are trained in the NITA method of teaching and will build a positive and supportive atmosphere within which critiques will be specific, clear, constructive and candid.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to observe others in your group and hear them being critiqued. Your performance will be recorded every day and then critiqued through video review. You will also have the opportunity to observe experienced faculty conducting a variety of demonstrations and discuss differences in styles and methods.
You will develop your skills as an advocate by taking part in a variety of litigation exercises and activities. You will further develop your advocacy skills through reflecting on your own performance, those of your colleagues, and observing faculty demonstrations.
Designed for practitioners in their first five years of practice. Some litigation experience is required, and participants should have had at least two years’ such experience.
Note: Enrolments are restricted to 32 participants.
Please note – these courses are NOT interchangeable for attendance purposes and it is not possible to transfer your place between them.
Extensive materials comprising a course folder and casefile will be sent to you in advance.
This is a non-residential programme, participants will need to make their own accommodation arrangements.
You must complete an application form to be considered to attend these courses. Completing an application form does not guarantee you a place. You will be notified shortly after the closing date whether you have a place on the course.
Limited financial assistance may be available through the Douglas Wilson Advocacy Scholarship Trust.Note: Applications for assistance must be received by:
Please note: You must submit your scholarship application concurrent with the course application to be considered to attend the course.
Shortland Chambers offers an annual scholarship enabling a member of the Pacific Lawyers Association to attend the NZLS CLE Litigation Skills Programme. There are two scholarships available in 2021 – one for each course.The scholarship is aimed at Pacific lawyers looking to support and encourage the legal needs of their respective communities and to promote and support initiatives of relevance to Pacific ethnicities.
|Auckland||Sun 15 August - Sat 21 August|
|Wellington||Sun 14 November - Sat 20 November|
Withdrawal from the programme before the application closing date incurs no cost. After that date if the registrant is able to be replaced an administration fee of $400 is charged. If no replacement is found, no refund is payable.
Note: Applications MUST reach NZLS CLE Ltd by 5.00pm on Fri 11 June 2021 for Auckland and 5.00pm on Mon 13 September 2021 for Wellington.
You will be notified within five working days of the closing date whether you have a place on the course.
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Non-residential Litigation Skills Programme - Auckland
15 - 21 August - Ellerslie Event Centre
Non-residential Litigation Skills Programme - Wellington
14 - 20 November - The Terrace Conference Centre
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