Advocacy Training for Students

Residential Advocacy Weekends

We organise residential advocacy weekends specifically for students on the BPTC. While these weekends focus on an intense programme of advocacy workshops in groups of six students, each taught by an experienced trainer, there is also ample opportunity to meet practitioners and judges in a social environment. Weekends are held at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park and at the Royal York Hotel in York. Each weekend is accredited with three Qualifying Sessions.

Applications open at the beginning of the academic year.  A form will be available to complete via this webpage.

Applications for 2016/17 have now closed.  
 

Be Heard: How to Use Your Voice

As an advocate, you will have to be able to use your voice effectively, often over lengthy periods of time. If you have any concerns over this and/or feel you could do with some training, particularly if you have no experience of public speaking, you might be interested in doing some work on your voice.

The Inn is offering a workshop programme, run by an experienced voice trainer. The programme, consisting of two 2-hour sessions, will be held on

PROGRAMME 1: Tuesday 18 October and Tuesday 25 October 2016 (6-8 pm)
PROGRAMME 2: Tuesday 1 November and Thursday 10 November 2016 (6-8 pm)

We only have a very limited number of places which will be allocated by ballot if there are more applicants than places. Please apply only if you know you willbe able to attend ON BOTH ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAMME.

Applications open at the beginning of the academic year.  A form will be available to complete via this webpage.

Applications for 2016/17 have now closed.  

 

Volunteers for Training Courses
 

Training the Trainers

The Inn’s advocacy courses, at all levels, are taught by current and former practitioners. Before they start training advocacy, they are required to undergo training themselves. On the Training the Trainers courses, BPTC students act as “guinea pigs”, i.e. they are taught by the new trainers, under the supervision of the Inn’s most experienced advocacy trainers.  A Training the Trainers day is accredited with one Qualifying Session.
 

New Practitioners’ Programme (NPP)

New Practitioners are required to attend nine hours of advocacy training by the end of the first three years of independent practice. The Inn's New Practitioners’ Programme offers advocacy courses, each with a choice of programme for those at the Self-Employed Bar (civil, criminal or family law) or the Employed Bar.

For all these programmes, BPTC students act as dedicated witnesses. As such, they do not get any opportunity to perform as advocates themselves, but they do benefit from the advice given to the new practitioners by some of the Inn’s most senior trainers and judges.  A day on the NPP advocacy course is accredited with one Qualifying Session.
 

Applications to attend the Training the Trainers programme (as a guinea pig) or New Practitioners' Programme (as a witness) open at the beginning of the academic year.  A form will be available to complete via this webpage.

 

We have a limited number of places and opportunity will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Applications for 2016/17 have now closed.