Trial Advocacy

Learn how to present a legal argument

At the University of Hertfordshire we value the importance of students learning, and regularly practicing a range of advocacy skills, which will be required for your future career in the legal profession.

We offer extensive opportunities to undertake mock trial advocacy activities. We run trial advocacy as a co-curricular programme during which we teach you in a supervised forum to develop important skills such as how to conduct an examination-in-chief and cross-examination of witnesses, and other aspects of trial advocacy.

These activities take place in our state-of-the-art replica Crown Court room, and we regularly invite a range of guest speakers from the legal profession to come and give talks to students on how to conduct these activities, as well as how to go about pursuing a career in the law.

Additionally, we are the founders, organisers, and hosts of the UH/Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition in association with 4 Breams Buildings. This is the first, and only, national mock trial competition for undergraduates and GDL students. The competition is also sponsored by Oxford University Press, through their Blackstone's Criminal Practice title.