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Once you have been offered a pupillage it is important that you register your pupillage with the Bar Standards Board, this will need to be signed by your Pupil Supervisor.

The forms can be downloaded from the Bar Standards Board’s website. You are not required to submit a copy of this form to Lincoln’s Inn unless you have a shortened pupillage. If you have any concerns or queries regarding your pupillage please contact the Education team.

Pupils are required by the Bar Standards Board to satisfactorily complete a minimum of twelve hours of advocacy training within their first six months of pupillage. Lincoln’s Inn provides these courses for all pupils, however pupils outside of London and the South East Circuit are recommended to approach their circuit directly as training is offered by them as well. Pupils on circuit are very welcome to attend the courses run by the Inn should they prefer.

The Courses

Pupils’ Advocacy Training

You must complete an advocacy training course within your non-practicing period, which is usually the first six months of your pupillage.

This course is run over a residential weekend at an external venue. Pupils arrive on the Friday evening and the course finishes on Sunday afternoon. This course includes one civil and one criminal case for all participants.  Pupils are able to select either civil or criminal law for a submission exercise, which includes producing a skeleton argument which must be submitted one week before the course begins.

Pupils are also required to attend a case analysis session in advance of the course. This is held during the evening at the Inn approximately ten days in advance of the course.

The teaching style used throughout the course is the Hampel Method, which pupils may be familiar with from the BPTC. The following is included during the weekend:

  • Witness handling
  • Narrative advocacy
  • Case theory
  • Video reviews of performances
  • Opening and closing speeches

The course you are booked onto is dependent upon when you undertake your ‘first six’/non-practicing period.

Dates & Locations

Dates and Locations of the course can be found below.




Pupils’ Advocacy Course

Tuesday 26 January 2022 (5.30-8pm)


Weekend of 4 – 6 February 2022


Fully Booked

Pupils’ Advocacy Course


Wednesday 2 March 2022 (5.30-8pm)


Weekend of 11 – 13 March 2022


Fully Booked 


The pupils’ training is offered free of charge to all Lincoln’s Inn members on a pupillage required to undertake the course. If you are on a pupillage and have received a dispensation from the BSB and are not required to complete the pupils’ advocacy training, you are still able to attend the course by paying a fee. Please contact Tasnima Akther for more information.

How to Apply

Lincoln’s Inn will be informed periodically by the Bar Standards Board of pupillages registered with them. You will receive an email inviting you to indicate your availability and preference. You must register your pupillage with the BSB to be able to book onto a course with us.