The Academy of Law will provide oral advocacy training in line with similar accredited programs in the UK and the US. There will be three levels of advocacy training: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Commercial. The Beginner and Intermediate programs will be based on materials developed by Jones Day, and the Advanced and program will be based on the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) method and materials, and can be taught by Jones Day.

In addition, Jones Day is an accredited provider of Continuing Legal Education in various states in the U.S., and therefore credit for jurisdictions such as New York, California, Texas and others can be obtained through the below Jones Day provided programs.

Beginner Advocacy

This program is designed for civil law practitioners of all levels, and junior (fewer than three years’ qualified) common law practitioners who have had little to no previous exposure to advocacy training.

The program will be two hours. The first hour will be devoted to a lecture on the principles of advocacy, and the second hour dedicated to “stand-up” exercises where program participants will have an opportunity to practice the art of direct examination and cross-examination, and to become comfortable with the distinction between the two.

One legal trainer from the DIFC Courts community will facilitate this program. Class size can be up to 24 participants.

Intermediate Advocacy

This program is designed for civil law practitioners who have taken the Beginner Advocacy program, and mid-level (between three and eight years’ qualified) common law practitioners who have had some previous exposure to common law advocacy (including moot court).

The program will be four hours (a half-day), with some preparation required by attendees in advance of the half-day program. This program will be divided into two parts of two hours each for Direct Examination and Cross-Examination. Each two hour part will be comprised of 10 minutes introductory lecture, 80 minutes of participant examinations, and 30 minutes of critique/feedback.

One or two legal trainers from the DIFC Courts community will facilitate this program, depending on the number of participants. Class size can be up to 24 participants.

Advanced Commercial Advocacy

This program is designed for civil law practitioners who have taken the Beginner and Intermediate Advocacy program, and common law practitioners who have had some previous exposure to common law advocacy (including moot court) and would like to improve or brush-up on their advocacy skills.

The program will be over two days, with some preparation required by attendees in advance of the two-day program. This program will allow participants to practice each phase of a trial, including Opening Statements, Direct Examinations, Cross-Examinations and Closing Statements. Participants will be divided into teams of two prior to the two-day program, provided a full case file of a commercial dispute, and assigned either the Claimant’s Case or the Defendant’s case. During the two-day program, participant teams will conduct a full trial of the case before a panel of DIFC Court Judges and leading DIFC Courts advocates. Participants’ performances will be recorded and feedback/critique will be provided by the DIFC Judges and Advocates.

Two to three legal trainers from the DIFC Courts community and two or three Judges from the DIFC Courts will facilitate this program, depending on the number of enrolled participants (one trainer or judge would be needed for every four participants). Class size can be up to 24 participants.

Course pricing

  • AED 1500 per beginner course per person
  • AED 2000 per intermediate course per person
  • AED 5160 per advanced course per person

ADVOCACY TRAINING COURSES WILL RESUME IN 2017. DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

For further details or indicate interest, please send an email to deeba.sharafuddin@lexisnexis.ae