The Inner Temple Pupils' Advocacy Course has at its core a residential weekend, held at Wotton House near Dorking, Surrey.
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Pupils Advocacy Course
During the three-day course, pupils participate in a session on presentational skills led by professional actors, followed by a series of talks on examination in chief, cross-examination and re-examination, skeleton arguments, previous convictions and previous inconsistent statements. Practical sessions focus on closing speeches and witness handling for both civil and criminal cases.
Each pupil is video-reviewed throughout the weekend to give him or her the opportunity to identify and correct any bad habits which affect their overall advocacy performance.
In addition to the weekend, pupils attend an introductory session at the Inn and two case analysis evenings to help them prepare for the cases used at the weekend. They also take part in a full mock trial held at the Royal Courts of Justice, and attend a day at the Inn spent on interlocutory applications.
The exercises are taught by barristers and judges of all levels, who have been trained in advocacy teaching, and many of whom are also Benchers of the Inner Temple. The witness roles at the mock trials are played by student members of the Inn on the Bar Professional Training Course. The exercises provide basic advocacy confidence and experience, allowing pupils the opportunity to be assessed and receive constructive criticism from highly experienced practitioners, in a more relaxed and supportive environment, away from the pressures of chambers and tenancy decisions.
The course is run twice each year; the dates for 2019/20 are as follows. For the Applications Days and Mock Trials, pupils will be assisgned to ONE of the listed dates nearer the time:
Course A - October/November 2019
Tuesday 8 October - Intro Evening at The Law Society, Chancery Lane (6pm to 8.30pm)
Monday 14 October - Criminal Case Analysis at The Law Society, Chancery Lane (5.45pm to 8.30pm)
Tuesday 15 October - Civil Case Analysis at The Law Society, Chancery Lane (5.45pm to 8.30pm)
Friday 25 (10am) to Sunday 27 October (1pm) - Residential weekend and Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey
Saturday 9 and 16 November - Applications Days at Kings College London (9am to 3pm)
Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 November - Mock trials at the Royal Courts of Justice (5.30pm to approx. 7.30pm)
Course B - January/February 2020
Thursday 9 January - Intro Evening at The Law Society, Chancery Lane (6pm to 8.30pm)
Tuesday 14 January - Criminal Case Analysis at The Law Society, Chancery Lane (5.45pm to 8.30pm)
Thursday 16 January - Civil Case Analysis at The Law Society, Chancery Lane (5.45pm to 8.30pm)
Friday 24 (10am) to Sunday 26 January (1pm) - Residential weekend and Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey
Saturday 8 and 15 February - Applications Days at Kings College London (9am to 3pm)
Wednesday 19, Thursday 20, Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 February - Mock trials at the Royal Courts of Justice (5.30pm to approx. 7.30pm)
Pupils will be assigned to either Course A or Course B once the Inn has received notification from the Bar Standards Board that their pupillage is fully registered.
All pupils will attend the Practice Management Course on Saturday 11 January 2020 at King’s College London.