MLL427 - Advanced Legal Problem Solving and Persuasion


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Online
Trimester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Must have passed MLL119, MLL219, MLL114, MLL213, MLL218, MLL334, MLL391 plus 5 additional MLL units.

Note: Students who have commenced before Trimester 1 2022, and have successfully completed MLL111, are not required to complete MLL119 and MLL219



Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Online independent and collaborative learning and 3 x 3 hour workshops

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning and 3 x 3 hour scheduled online workshops.


This unit is designed to help students draw together substantive law subject learning in previous studies with opportunities for practical professional and legal skill development. It will extend and refine skills introduced in previous units, most notably MLL113 Legal Writing and Ethical Decision-making. 


This unit teaches students how to strategically approach issues faced by clients and to develop (written and oral) techniques to effectively influence the reasoning and behaviour of other individuals in the legal process. Students will develop important oral presentation skills of relevance to communicating, negotiating and persuading audiences in both general business and specific legal practice contexts.


Topics include: receiving instructions from clients; establishing client expectations; dealing with changing case dynamics; mediating and negotiating with lawyers; successful persuasion; understanding when to accept an offer; the considerations that influence judges and other decision makers; the importance of written submissions; the importance of case atmospherics; and persuasive advocacy.


The unit will also allow students to develop capabilities of being a reflective legal practitioner who can appreciate current and future trends in professional legal practice and to use such reflective skills to plan for future satisfying careers.

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