Griffith College

Griffith College Legal Debating Competition

Event Date: 
8 March, 2017
Legal Debating Workshop

How to enter

To partake in the Legal Debating Competition, you will need to submit an essay, either in proposition or opposition, on the following motion:

"Should political experience be a requirement for elected office?"

  • Upon registration teams will be assigned to either the proposition or opposition of the motion.
  • Essays should be 1,500 words in length.
  • Essays should be submitted no later than 5pm on Tuesday, 28th February 2017.
  • The teams will consist of 4 students where each student will speak for between 3 - 5 minutes to a maximum of 15 minutes per team.
  • There will be a knock from the time-keeper at the end of 1 minute and the end of 4 minutes so students can keep track of timing, followed by a double-knock at 5 minutes.
  • Students will be penalised in points for continuing after 5 minutes.
  • Points of information are allowed but only between the first knock at 1 minute and the second knock at 4 minutes SO the first minute and the last minute of a speech cannot be interrupted.
  • The proposition will start the debate with the first speaker (usually the captain) speaking first, followed by the opposition captain, alternating until all 4 team-mates on each side have spoken.
  • There is no specific time-allocation for rebuttal so it should be integrated into speeches.
  • All submissions and queries can be sent to
  • To register teams, please fill out the registration form here.