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The Australian Advocacy Institute (AAI) Advocacy Manual

Advocacy, Anthony Willy, James Rapley 

Advocacy in Court, Preparation and Performance, Hugh Selby

Advocacy Plus: A Guide For Young Advocates, Nigel Pascoe QC

Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and other Professionals, Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, Eric Shepherd, and David Wolchover

The Art of Cross Examination: With the Cross-Examinations of Important Witnesses in Some Celebrated Cases, Francis L Wellman

The Art of the Advocate, Richard Du Cann

Common Sense Rules of Advocacy for Lawyers: A Practical Guide for Anyone Who Wants to Be a Better Advocate, Keith Evans Cross

Examination for Depositions, Matthew A. Dodd and Roger J. Dodd

Cross-Examination: Science and Techniques (3rd edition), Larry Posner and Roger Dodd Cross-

Examination Handbook: Persuasion, Strategies, and Techniques, Ronald H. Clark, George R. Dekle Sr, William S. Bailey

Defending the Guilty: Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom, Alex McBride

The Devil’s Advocate (3rd edition), Iain Morley QC

Effective Written Advocacy: A Guide for Practitioners (2nd edition), Andrew Goodman 

Excellence in Cross-Examination, F. Lee Bailey and Kenneth J. Fishman

Expert Evidence: Law, Practice, Procedure and Advocacy (6th edition), Dr Ian Freckelton QC 

Faultless Grammar: The busy lawyer’s reminder guide, Ben Staveley

Finding the Truth in the Courtroom: Dealing with Deception, Lies, and Memories, edited by Henry Otgaar and Mark L. Howe

How Judges Decide Cases: Reading, Writing and Analysing Judgments (2nd edition), Andrew Goodman

Injury Illustrated: How Medical Images Win Cases, R. Annie Gough

Kick-Ass Closings: A Guide to Giving the Best Closing Argument of Your Life, Michael Waddington

Making your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner

Point Made: How to Write like the Nation’s Top Advocates (2nd edition), Ross Guberman

Point Taken: How to Write Like the World’s Best Judges, Ross Guberman

Proof: How to Analyse Evidence in Preparation for Trial (3rd Edition), Andrew Palmer

Reading, Writing and Analysing Judgments (2nd Edition), Andrew Goodman

Relentless Criminal Cross-Examination, Kevin J. Mahoney

Storytelling for Lawyers, Philip N. Meyer

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

The Tools of Argument: How the Best Lawyers Think, Argue and Win, Joel P. Trachtma

Trial Advocacy for the Child Welfare Lawyer: Telling the Story of the Family, Marvin Ventrell & Patrick Furman

Turning Points at Trial: Great Lawyers Share Secrets, Strategies and Skills, Shane Read

Typography for Lawyers: Essential Tools for Polished and Persuasive Documents (2nd Edition),  Matthew Butterick 

Winning at Cross Examination: A Modern Approach for Depositions and Trials, Shane Read

The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts (3rd edition), Bryan A. Garner

Winning at Trial, D. Shane Read 

Witness Testimony in Sexual Cases, Pamela Radcliffe

Win Your Case: How to Present, Persuade, and Prevail – Every Place, Every Time, Gerry Spence



AAI (Australian Advocacy Institute) Advocacy Skills Workshop

ABA (Australian Bar Association) Courses including:

– Appellate Advocacy Workshop

Essential Trial Advocacy 

– Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive


The South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course aka Keble Advanced Advocacy Course

– Remember, if you undertake largely publicly funded work and are a member of one of the four Inns of Court (Gray’s Inn, Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn, and Middle Temple) you can apply for a scholarship.

South Africa

Stellenbosch Advanced Trial Advocacy Course

United States 

Advanced Civil Trial Advocacy Program (The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and University of Florida Fredic G. Levin College of Law)

Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy Program, Florida (The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar and University of Florida Fredic G. Levin College of Law)

Roger Dodd’s The Dodd Law Clinic, including How to Cross-Examine on Zoom

Online materials