Overview

This short course will provide less experienced advocates with the opportunity to hone their oral and written advocacy skills.

Summary

Ulster University, in response to popular demand, is once again offering an advocacy skills course taught by Martin Blake, former barrister and attorney at law.

This course will run from 5.15pm to 8.15pm. on Wednesday evenings from 3 October to 21 November 2018.

This is a clinical course in which the emphasis will be on the performance of advocacy exercises by class participants. Those performances will be videotaped and constructively critiqued and the videos will remain accessible to participants for the duration of the class.

Participants will be taught on an individual basis and will learn from their own efforts as well as watching those of others and the instructor. The class will be of value to those in the beginning or early stages of their careers as solicitor advocates, barristers or graduate students contemplating such careers.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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Ulster University, in response to popular demand, is once again offering an advocacy skills course taught by Martin Blake, former barrister and attorney at law.

This course will run from 5.15pm to 8.15pm. on Wednesday evenings from 3 October to 21 November 2018.

This is a clinical course in which the emphasis will be on the performance of advocacy exercises by class participants. Those performances will be videotaped and constructively critiqued and the videos will remain accessible to participants for the duration of the class.

Participants will be taught on an individual basis and will learn from their own efforts as well as watching those of others and the instructor. The class will be of value to those in the beginning or early stages of their careers as solicitor advocates, barristers or graduate students contemplating such careers.

Martin Blake trained and practised as a barrister at The Northern Ireland Bar from 1972 to 1980 and then was admitted in 1981 as an attorney at law in California. He is a former President of The San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association and was nominated on three separate occasions for its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. Martin was an adjunct professor of law at The University of California, Hastings for over 15 years, teaching advanced advocacy skills. From 2006 to date has been nominated by his peers for inclusion in the national publication “Best Lawyers In America”.

The course is intended to provide an enjoyable and stimulating opportunity to enhance advocacy skills while gaining essential CPD points.

The course will be limited to eight students in order to maximise the opportunities for participants to perform and for skills to be demonstrated. Early registration is recommended.

Linked programmes

PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development,

Assessment

100% Coursework – Practical Advocacy Skills Assessment

Attendance

This course requires weekly attendance on Wednesdays from 5.15pm – 8.15pm for eight weeks starting Wednesday 3 October 2018 and finishing Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree. Applicants must also have a background in advice and tribunal representation with recent experience of tribunals. Preference for places will be given to practising solicitors/barristers.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 3 October 2018
How to apply

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How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses(choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 3 October 2018

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£1,500.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£1,500.00
International:
£3,000.00

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/student/tuition-fees-payments

Contact

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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