The Inner Temple Debating Society is a student run society and welcomes members at all levels of experience. We run weekly sessions where you will be supported in your learning. We are an educational society, but we are also here to help support students through the Bar Course by improving your advocacy skills and the ability to think on your feet. A key aim of the society is to help you boost your CV for pupillage applications. We also host social events for society members which is a great networking opportunity amongst your peers.
There are countless opportunities to attend debating tournaments and the Inn is happy to support you in attending them. In previous years we have sent teams to tournaments at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Kings and Manchester. We are happy to send you to any and all tournaments as a beginner debater, because there is no better way to learn than by doing! We also send teams to the European Debating Championship (EUDC) and the Worlds Debating Championships (WDC), covering your travel and tournament costs. For these competitions we host tryouts and send the top speakers. Worlds tryouts are usually held in late November - early December, while Euros tryouts usually take place in May.
We also host the annual Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Debating Competition, where we host the top competitors on the debating circuit. As a member, you will have the opportunity to support the smooth running of the competition (which includes acting as a swing debater, which is a great opportunity to try your hand at debating in a competition) and get to see the mechanics of a large IV tournament.
The Society also runs the Inner Temple Public Speaking Competition and the Rawlinson Cup Debating Competition. Both of these competitions have several rounds of tryouts and/or knock-out rounds and culminate to a show final, judged by Benchers of the Inn.