Griffith College Legal Debating Competition 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to run the Legal Debating Competition in 2020. We look forward to welcoming you back for the 2021 competition - check back for more details.
Represent your School at our Annual Legal Debating Competition
The Annual Griffith College Schools Legal Debating Competition takes place on Friday 20th of March 2020 at the Griffith College campus on the South Circular Road, Dublin 8.
The competition is open to all fourth, fifth and sixth year secondary school students.
To partake in the Legal Debating Competition, you will need to submit a general essay
on the motion;
“This House believes that being vegan is worse for the environment”
• Essays should be 1,000 words in length.
• Essays should be submitted no later than 5pm on Friday 31st of January 2020.
• Eight teams will be shortlisted to attend on Friday the 20th of March 2020.
• Essays should be accompanied by a cover letter confirming school details, name of team
members, contact details (teacher name, e-mail address etc.)
• The eight teams shortlisted will be contacted no later than the 14th of February 2020.
• Successful teams will be at this time be assigned to either the proposition or opposition
of the motion.
- Each team will comprise 4 students.
- 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.
- Judges do not tend to ask questions but are permitted to do so.
The teams that reach the final will be informed before lunch.
The final two teams will have one hour to prepare their debate, the motion will be on the topic of
The opposition and proposition will be decided on the day.
Members of the Griffith College Debating Society will be available to assist the final two teams.
The rules for the final are similar to those of the initial rounds.
Please note, supporters from your school are welcome to attend this event and we would ask you to contact us in advance to confirm the number of supporters attending.
All submissions and queries can be sent to [email protected]
For Debating Guidelines, please click here.
For Debating Tips, please click here.