Pupils Advocacy Courses
All our courses include training in examination in chief, in cross-examination and in oral submissions. You will also be required to produce a skeleton argument to a standard appropriate for submission in court, and your skeleton arguments will be individually assessed.
The advocacy training workshops will be conducted by experienced practitioners, and in addition interactive lectures will cover themes ranging from oral and written advocacy to practical advice from specialists and experts. Satisfactory completion of the course is required in the first six month of pupillage. This will entitle you to an Advocacy Certificate, which the Bar Standards Board (BSB) requires before it will issue you with a Provisional Qualification Certificate.
In addition, our courses cover a syllabus designed to satisfy the BSB requirements for a Practice Management Course. This must be completed within twelve months, but the BSB recommends that it is completed in the first six.
We run two types of courses: the two week course and the more concentrated 3-day course.
The 2 week Course
We strongly recommend this, because it provides more than a minimum requirement and also the opportunity to build up your skills incrementally over a period of time. In addition to daytime lectures and workshops, with some allowance for preparation time, we provide 7 evening advocacy workshops, on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week and on the Friday of the first week. These take place between 17:00 and 19:00. We also arrange 2 full days of visits to criminal or civil courts on Thursdays. At the end of the course we provide you with feedback on a one-to-one basis.
The 3-day Course
If your chambers are reluctant to release you for the two week course, the 3-days course provides an alternative. While it provides what the BSB requires, it is very concentrated. There are three evening workshops between 17:00 and 19:00 as well as daytime activities, but unfortunately there is no opportunity for court visits or individual feedback at the end of the course.