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Pupils' Courses

Pupils are required by the Bar Standards Board to attend a minimum of 12 hours of practical advocacy teaching. Although practice management hours are no longer compulsory, our courses still contain practice management lectures. Dates on offer are:

  • 9-20 November 2020
  • 11-22 January 2021
  • TBC February
  • TBC March
  • 5-16 July 2021

These are full-time courses, running from Monday to Friday during two consecutive weeks. They offer advocacy training workshops designed to meet situations in which young barristers may find themselves. Lectures cover themes ranging from general advocacy to practical advice from specialists and experts, and the workshops will be led by experienced practitioners. Court visits on the Thursdays (9am - 4pm) provide an opportunity for exercises in both civil applications, criminal work and family work before Judges.

Although we strongly recommend our flagship two-week course, we offer two pared down courses covering the minimum requirement for those who are unable to attend our full programme. The next short course is over the following dates:

  • 15- 17 December 2020
  • 15-17 June 2021

Both the two week course and the short course run from 9/10am until 7pm. 

Courses are open to members of all four Inns at no cost (with priority given to Middle Temple members) and are held in the Ashley Building on Middle Temple Lane. Pupils on Circuit may find it more convenient to attend the Circuit's course but if they wish, we would be delighted to accommodate them on the Middle Temple course.

For any enquiries, please email with the name of the course as the subject.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are unsure whether the rest of the 2020 courses will be held remotely or in person. More information will be published on this page. 

Click here to Register for a Pupils Course