The Inner Temple Debating Society is a student run society and welcomes Inner Temple student 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, to name just a few. 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 practicing!
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 Debating Shield, the Rawlinson Cup, and the Inner Temple Public Speaking Competition. These internal competitions are open to student members of the Inn, have several knock-out rounds and culminate in a show final, judged by Benchers of the Inn.