Pupils Advocacy Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Pupils Advocacy Course in the 2021/22 academic year will be a mixture of online and in-person training sessions.

This year's course will be provided over the following dates:

  • Thursday 13th January 7 to 8pm – Intro Evening (to be held online via Zoom)
  • Monday 17th January 6.30 to 8.30pm – Criminal Case Analysis (to be held online via Zoom)
  • Tuesday 18th January 6.30 to 8.30pm – Civil Case Analysis (to be held online via Zoom)
  • Friday 21st January (10am) to Sunday 23rd January (1pm) – Residential Weekend at Wotton House, Dorking, Surrey
  • Saturday 5th February / Saturday 12th February 9am to 3pm - Applications Days (to be held online via Zoom; pupils will be assigned to one of these two dates)
  • Tue 15th / Thu 17th / Tue 22nd / Mon 28th February - Mock Trials at the Royal Courts of Justice, 5.15pm to 7.30pm (pupils will be assigned to one of these four dates)

All dates listed above are compulsory, including both Case Analysis sessions, except where stated for the Applications Days and Mock trials. The course is open to pupils of all four Inns. Please contact David Miller for further details.

Pupils' Advocacy Weekend Feedback

"This year’s advocacy training weekend at Wotton House was hard work and great fun in equal measure. The beautiful rural setting provided an idyllic backdrop to what was a highly intensive and rewarding course. Alastair Hodge and his team of trainers, members of the Inn who had selflessly given up their weekends for our benefit, led small groups of pupils for set-piece advocacy exercises, both criminal and civil. These sessions were interspersed with informative lectures and excellent advocacy demonstrations. "Everyone got a great deal out of the course in terms of professional development, but it was also a welcome opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. It was helpful to be able to ask senior members of the Inn their advice on pupillage and on starting out in practice, but also to swap notes with fellow pupils on their pupillage experiences so far. Altogether it was a very rewarding weekend and a real highlight of Inner Temple’s pupillage training programme."
"The Advocacy Training weekend was an excellent way of bringing together all our studies and refining our advocacy techniques to prepare us for our second six. We arrived at Wotton House and began with a drama exercise (which involved a lot of jumping!) and which helped to break the ice. We then commenced the advocacy exercises. We covered everything we need to know for our practice; closing speeches, examination in chief, cross examination. We completed the exercises in small groups which provided for detailed feedback. We then individually went with our recordings of the advocacy exercise to review it for further feedback. It was a fantastic opportunity to observe yourself critically, see what you do well, what you need to improve and the constructive comments you receive are invaluable. "The weekend also provided the opportunity to observe experienced barristers demonstrating advocacy techniques and giving their top tips. A beautiful setting, an opportunity to learn and to receive unparalleled feedback, the pupils’ advocacy weekend was a hugely rewarding experience."
"The Pupil Advocacy Course was an invaluable opportunity for pupils to hone case preparation and advocacy skills before commencing “second six”. The highlight of the course was the residential weekend at Wotton House Conference Centre in Surrey. I had been warned about the drunkenness and debauchery which occurs on these weekends. In fact, the weekend was organised with military precision and packed full of practical and relevant sessions run by experienced and dedicated practitioners and Judges. The advocacy exercises were carried out in small groups with two or three trainers. Whilst these sessions were challenging and initially a little daunting, they allowed the trainers to give detailed and constructive feedback. By the end of the course all the pupils felt far better equipped to face the perils of second six. As for drunkenness and debauchery; this stretched to a glass of wine and a game of giant “Jenga” before collapsing into bed!"
"This year’s advocacy training weekend at Wotton House was hard work and great fun in equal measure. The beautiful rural setting provided an idyllic backdrop to what was a highly intensive and rewarding course. Alastair Hodge and his team of trainers, members of the Inn who had selflessly given up their weekends for our benefit, led small groups of pupils for set-piece advocacy exercises, both criminal and civil. These sessions were interspersed with informative lectures and excellent advocacy demonstrations. "Everyone got a great deal out of the course in terms of professional development, but it was also a welcome opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. It was helpful to be able to ask senior members of the Inn their advice on pupillage and on starting out in practice, but also to swap notes with fellow pupils on their pupillage experiences so far. Altogether it was a very rewarding weekend and a real highlight of Inner Temple’s pupillage training programme."

For further information

David Miller

Education Programme Manager (Practitioners)

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Advance and specialist Advocacy Training, Advocacy Teacher Training, Pupils Ethics Course, Pupil Supervisors and other practice management training and Established Barrister CPD

David Miller

Education Programme Manager (Practitioners)

Bio

Advance and specialist Advocacy Training, Advocacy Teacher Training, Pupils Ethics Course, Pupil Supervisors and other practice management training and Established Barrister CPD

David Miller

Education Programme Manager (Practitioners)

Bio

Advance and specialist Advocacy Training, Advocacy Teacher Training, Pupils Ethics Course, Pupil Supervisors and other practice management training and Established Barrister CPD