Course dates

Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, Goldsmiths has unfortunately had to suspend all face-to-face teaching, including on Short Courses. Many of our courses are already available via live distance learning, and we are working towards offering most courses online going forward. For more information about taking short courses remotely, please get in touch using the email in the Enquiries section below.

Starting date, Saturday 4 Apr 2020
10 am - 5 pm | 1 day

Course overview

Welcome to our Advocacy (Courtroom & Arbitration) training – designed and taught by inter-disciplinary trained barristers with expertise in mind influences and decision-making processes. Maximum group size is 8 participants.

Distance Learning

This course will be taught via distance learning in Spring and Summer 2020, and we are pleased to offer participants a 20% discount for sessions starting in April and May 2020. Please email us at the email below to request a discount code.

Develop your advocacy skills

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 the 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 course is subsidised by The Accessible Genetics Consortium (TAGC) and the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA).

Who is this course for

Solicitors; international lawyers; advocates of other causes, e.g. those promoting educational policy change; people who would like to improve presentation and communication skills in general. 

Why take this 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.

You will explore

  • 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 likeable personality, tailoring your advocacy to changing reactions of the judge/jury.
  • 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.
  • 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) experts. 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 the USA, Russia and Indonesia – countries in which the course Directors have experience in courtrooms.

Training at law firms’ offices also available, subject to availability.

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Booking information

Disability Support

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.



  • 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.

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Starting date, Saturday 4 Apr 2020
10 am - 5 pm | 1 day


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