Course overview



Learn the art of Advocacy (Courtroom & Arbitration) enriched with latest relevant findings of Psychological Sciences and Neuroscience.

Great in-depth advocacy practises with worked examples.

Excellent tutor! Very good delivery and interaction - the course was tailored to my needs.

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.

For this reason, and advocacy skills available to all people, this causes is subsidised by The Accessible Genetics Consortium (TAGC) and the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA).

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.

International application

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. 


£650 for 6 evenings    

Booking information

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. Please be advised that in order to provide an assessment and plan appropriate support we require as much notice as possible and, in some circumstances, up to 3 months. If you are planning to book, or have already booked, onto a short course please contact Goldsmiths Disability Team ( at your earliest convenience.

Dates for this course will be finalised soon. Please register your interest to be notified when exact dates are finalised. Email: air (


  • 10% when a participant enrolls for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 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

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

Refund policy: See AIR courses main page


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

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Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross Campus

Senate House, Bloomsbury, London


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