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.

The 2018/19 weekends are below. Each weekend is accredited with three Qualifying Sessions. Places on the weekends will be allocated by ballot.

  • 7 - 9 December 2018, Cumberland Lodge
  • 25 - 27 January 2019, York
  • 8 - 10 March 2019, Cumberland Lodge
  • 17 - 19 May 2019, Cumberland Lodge

The application form for the Advocacy Weekends will be available on this page w/c 24 September 2018

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;

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 will be able to attend ON BOTH ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAMME & THE FINAL WORKSHOP.

Applications for the 2018/19 intake will be available soon.


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. Acting as a witness involves being given a role and then you are cross-examined by practitioners as part of their advocacy exercises. Wirtnesses do also benefit from listening to 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.

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

The application form will be available w/c 24 September 2018