American Inns of Court
National Advocacy Training Program 

Join us this fall for our exclusive 
National Advocacy Training Program

The American Inns of Court is pleased to offer a national advocacy training program for attorneys within their first five years of practice.


The American Inns of Court National Advocacy Training Program (NATP) is an intensive two-and-a-half-day program sponsored by the American Inns of Court in conjunction with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) in London. The ICCA, established by the four Inns of Court in London, is comprised of leading barristers and judges who provide guidance and training in the pursuit of excellence in advocacy. The involvement of the ICCA makes this program unlike any other offered in the United States. It is through our close relationship with the Inns of Court in London that the American Inns of Court is able to offer this truly unique opportunity to our members and further our mission to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. All participants will receive a certificate of completion. CLE credit will be applied for once registration has been finalized.


Training is conducted in a courtroom setting with two small groups of eight participants. Two British barristers lead each group using the six-step Hampel method of advocacy training—a best practice adopted by the Bar of England and Wales. The training is based on a case set before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, involving the prosecution of a public figure for crimes against humanity under the substantive law and procedures of the court. The program features a mock trial and includes skills such as direct-examination, cross-examination, and opening and closing arguments, as well as a one-on-one video review session. Participants learn methods for dealing with a hostile witness, overcoming objections to the phrasing of questions, dealing with arguments over the exclusion of evidence, refreshing memory, and other "tools of advocacy."

Who Should Attend

The program is designed for attorneys within their initial two to five years of practice. Some attorneys who have been practicing longer but without the opportunity to argue in court may also find value in the program. All participants should feel comfortable working in a group and receiving critiques of their performances.

When and Where

Chicago, Illinois
September 6-8, 2017

Tampa, Florida
September 11-13, 2017


$925 (members)/$1,025 (non-members) due upon registration. Registration will be open soon!

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Participants are responsible for their travel and hotel accommodations. A list of convenient hotels will be provided with your confirmation.