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 2017/18 weekends are below. Each weekend is accredited with three Qualifying Sessions. Places on the weekends will be allocated by ballot.

  • 8-10 December 2017, Cumberland Lodge
  • 19-21 January 2018, York
  • 9-11 March 2018, Cumberland Lodge
  • 18-20 May 2018, Cumberland Lodge

To apply for a place click here and complete the online form.

Applications will close on Friday 27 October 2017 and places on the December 2017 and January 2018 weekends will be allocated by 14 November.  If you have not applied by the deadline you can request to be added to the ballot for the weekends in March and May 2018 by emailing Jessica on 

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 A: Wednesday 15th November and Monday 20th November 2017 (6- 8pm)
  • PROGRAMME B: Thursday 16th November and Wednesday 22nd November 2017 (6- 8pm)
  • PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP: Wednesday 29th November 2017 (6- 8pm)

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.

We are now fully booked for the Be Heard Programme. 


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.

To apply to be a witness and/or guinea pig, click here and complete the online form.


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