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Australian law schools are in a unique position. At the end of 1993 less than one-half of the nation's law schools offered a course in trial advocacy. By way of contrast, in the United States almost all of the accredited law schools offer a basic course in trial advocacy based on the simulation/critique approach pioneered in the 1970s by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Hence, Australian law schools are in the enviable position of instituting, further developing, and refining advocacy courses which suit both the educational objectives of the university and the needs of the legal profession.
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