On 7th March 2020 myself and my colleague from chambers, Mike Lemmy, will be hosting an advocacy training day based in our chambers, 9 St John Street, Manchester. This training will be offered to ten participants. I will pay the reasonable travel expenses for those who attend. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
To apply you need to be aged 16 years or over on 7th March 2020. This course is open to those that have not yet begun or completed either solicitor or barrister professional qualifications.
The purpose of the day is to provide you with a taster of advocacy and some advocacy training. The day will include talks about advocacy and practical exercises. You will be provided with written materials before the day. The practical exercises will involve participation. Do not worry that you have no advocacy experience at all, this taster session is designed for you, but please be prepared to participate. There is no point coming along and not opening your mouth.
This is the process by which the ten participants will be selected. The application is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This email account will only be used for the purpose of this application and will be disabled once the result is announced. Please only use this email address, do not contact my chambers as this is a personal arrangement and not something that my clerks or others at chambers have any role in organising.
I am afraid I am not going to be able to provide feedback to those unsuccessful and I am afraid only those invited for the session will be notified directly of the outcome. I will announce the names of the final ten on my blog and my Twitter account, so you will be able to check there. Once I know how many applications I am dealing with I will announce the date by which the successful candidates will be notified.
The initial application should include the following details in the body of your email;
- Full name
- DOB (the session is open to those who are 16 years or older on 07/03/20)
- Postal address
- Email address
- Contact telephone number
- Educational history (secondary school onwards, just let me know what you studied and where, I don’t need grades)
- Previous legal work experience
None of that information will be used to decide to who is offered the placement, save to ensure your are eligible. All of that information should be provided in the body of the email. Then you need to attach a separate document to the email, either in Word, PDF or Pages format, which answers three questions; (1) What do you consider to be most important skill in advocacy? (2) What is it about you that will make you a good advocate? (3) Tell me a story about yourself.
Please answer all three questions. Being concise in advocacy is an important skill, the STRICT word count for each question is 150 words. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 31st January 2020.
I am hoping to give an opportunity for people to learn a little about advocacy, having some fun along the way. The intention is to inspire and encourage.
Good luck and I look forward to meeting 10 of you on 7th March.