Learn the art of Advocacy (Courtroom & Arbitration) enriched with latest relevant findings of Psychological Sciences and Neuroscience.
Welcome to the art of Advocacy 2-weeks course
Advocacy skills are essential for lawyers and other advocates and, being highly transferable skills, are highly beneficial for all people.
Dissemination of advocacy skills is particularly important now that the new rules which allow Solicitors to conduct advocacy in court. These new Rules provide an excellent change towards improving choice of legal representation for people. However, when it comes to courtroom action (or arbitration), solicitors are disadvantaged – advocacy not being part of their training. To increase fairness in dispute outcomes, all advocates should have the benefit of equal training.
This course is suitable for:
Solicitors; barristers wishing to strengthen their advocacy skills with essential knowledge from Psychological Science and Neuroscience; internatinal lawyers; advocates of other causes, e.g. those promoting educational policy change.
Why take this advocacy course
This course combines advocacy skills as taught at the English Bar with essential scientific knowledge, including on mind bugs and influences. Latest relevant findings of neuroscience and psychological science are incorporated in the training. The course also provides ample opportunity for individualised training and feedback on practical exercises.
Tailored-made courses also available for groups and individuals.
This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English barrister and a New York State Attorney, with over 9 years of experience in advocacy and public speaking training internationally, including in the UK, USA and Russia. Additionally, Fatos is a trainer in Brain Processes and Mind Influences on Decision making, as well as the director of the ‘Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour’ and 'Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' courses.
- Preparation skills, e.g. learning how to prepare for your advocacy/case, selecting arguments, arranging arguments.
- Delivery skills and techniques, e.g. making an impact, developing a likable personality, tailoring your advocacy to changing reactions of the judge/jury.
- Examination of witnesses: Cross-examination and Examination in Chief
- Written Advocacy – preparing and drafting skeleton aguments
- Developing skills for effective advocacy, e.g. clarity, articulation, voice etc.
- Removing obstacles to advocacy and public speaking, e.g. nerves, blanks, high adrenalin etc.
- Learning about elements of persuasion
- Practical training sessions to improve advocacy skills using the P-E-O-P-L-E technique developed by our inter-disciplinary (law, psychology and neuroscience) trained tutors. This technique involves learning by practice and example.
Anxiety and nerves
Due to tutors’ experience and expertise in psychology and human development, significant success is expected in removing fear and nervousness.
The course is enriched with elements of advocacy as applied in a number of other jurisdictions, including USA, Russia and Indonesia – countries in which the course Directors have experience in courtrooms.
Training at law firms’ offices also available, subject to availability.
Fees£650 for 6 evenings
Dates for this course will be finalised soon. Please register your interest to be notified when exact dates are finalised. Email: air (@gold.ac.uk)
- 10% if you are taking two courses in consecutive weeks
- 20% UK students
- 25%Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA)
- 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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Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross Campus
Senate House, Bloomsbury, London