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 deadline to apply for these weekends was 4pm on Friday 26 October 2018. Applications are now closed. Places sometimes become available for the March & May weekends - to put your name down on a waiting list email Jessica at


Be Heard: How to Use Your Voice

Are you using your voice effectively? Ensure you are heard, understood and able to command a room. Take a closer look at how you habitually use your voice and whether it serves you. We will look at different areas of voice and how that impacts your overall advocacy performance. We will explore posture, breathing, diction, resonance, pace, pitch, vocal power, cadence, timing, body language, eye contact, nerves, being comfortable in front of others, gauging acoustics, increasing volume without shouting, addressing a large or small space, and how to develop presence without being dramatic. 

Become conscious of how you come across to others and learn to adjust where necessary. Engage the listener and not make them switch off. Identify your individual voice character and quality and capitalise on it. We will also cover how to look after your voice, develop good habits and an awareness of how the voice can influence. Learn how to practise so that eventually your performance craft becomes second nature, allowing you to focus on your case and the business of advocacy. Bring a two minute speech of any description, or be prepared to tell a story.

The Inn is offering a workshop programme, run by an experienced voice trainer. The programme, consisting of three 2 1/2 hour sessions, will be held on;

GROUP A: Wednesday 24th October (6pm - 8:30pm), Wednesday 31st October (6pm - 8:30pm) &  Wednesday 7th November (6pm – 8:30pm)

GROUP B: Wednesday 14th November (6pm – 8:30pm), Monday 19th November (6pm – 8:30pm) &  Monday 26th November (6pm – 8:30pm)

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 ALL THREE ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAMME. 

The application form is available on the right hand side of this page.

The deadline to apply is 4pm on Friday 12 October.


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.

Register for Witness/Guinea Pig