1 week

Day and time:

Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

Next course: Starting date
Monday, 20 Nov 2017
Future courses: Upcoming dates

Course overview

Department Psychology

Professor Yulia Kovas & Fatos Selita


Goldsmiths, University of London

Learn the art of advocacy (arbitration and courtroom) and how to deal with vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties.

The past two weeks have been absolutely invaluable experience - providing me with so much knowledge and insight, not only in law, but also psychology, genetics and British culture. The course content really affirmed the career path I want to take...I will definitely be recommending the course to my university and friends, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Goldsmiths, everyone was so lovely, welcoming!

Law student, Australia

I like everything about the courses...I have learned a lot of useful things for me as a lawyer.

Lawyer, Russia

This course is designed and taught by barristers and psychologists. Number of students is limited to 8 per class.

In just one week of intensive training, you are guaranteed to significantly improve your advocacy and public speaking skills. You will learn how to deal with nerves and anxiety, and how to enjoy public speaking. The course tutors are experts with many years of experience in public speaking and advocacy, and with advanced training in psychology.

This course includes 3-day Public Speaking training, which provides a foundation for outstanding advocacy and communication skills. The last two days focus on advocacy-specific practical sessions.

The art of Advocacy & Public Speaking is a beautiful and invaluable art that can be mastered. Understanding people, including oneself, is a prerequisite to skilful advocacy and public speaking.


During this course you will learn:

  • What makes a good advocate
  • What makes a good public speaker
  • Speech writing
  • Tactics and techniques of persuasive advocacy and public speaking
  • How to deal with fears and anxiety - tactics, strategies and long-term self-development
  • The elements of good advocacy in courtroom and arbitration
  • Tactics and techniques of improving your advocacy skills
  • How to advocate with minimum notes
  • How to prepare for your day in court/advocacy
  • How to deal with judges’ interventions or questions from diverse audiences
  • How to deal with difficult counsel for opponents
  • How to tailor your submissions/advocacy to the changing demand of the day in court
  • Exercises and individual feedback for improving your skills
  • How to use advocacy skills in meetings and other aspects of daily life


Psychological science insights

In addition to advocacy training (as taught at the Bar) and public speaking training, the course includes relevant elements of psychological science. This will:

  • Enable more influential public speaking and advocacy.
  • Equip you with key skills and knowledge for dealing with vulnerable people - including, children and people with learning difficulties.
  • Help you understand vulnerable witnesses, and how they can be affected and influenced.
  • Help you to protect clients from manipulative advocacy that leads to injustice
  • Equip you with skills required to elicit formation without the need to resort to harsh questioning of witnesses.
  • Help you understand how our memory works, and how the use of words can affect the perception of facts, leading to decisions based on wrong perceptions of facts.


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Future courses

Upcoming dates:
Monday, 20 Nov 2017 - Friday, 24 Nov 2017
Monday, 12 Feb 2018 - Friday, 16 Feb 2018

How to Apply

Please complete the AIR Payment Form and return this to

All enquiries can be sent to Teemu Toivainen at


Cancellations up to 14 days before the course start date will incur a 20% cancellation fee. For later cancellations, or non attendance, the full course fee will be charged.


  • 10% if you are taking two courses in consecutive weeks
  • 20% UK students
  • 25% UK Law Students Association (UKLSA) Members (those at pre-qualifying stage)
  • 10% Early career solicitors/attorneys, up to 5 years post qualifying
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts



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