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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
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

Advocacy Teacher Training

Inner Temple: David Miller –  
Gray’s Inn: Kristina Whelan –
Lincoln’s Inn: Chris Monckton –
Middle Temple: 

Online materials