The benefits of participating in forensics and debate are myriad. Whether one studies business, government, communication, history, or any other field, debate provides essential critical thinking skills that can have a profound influence on one's academic and professional success. Thus, the Regent Undergraduate Debate Association is available to students of all academic disciplines and offers an interactive way to improve one's self-confidence, public speaking, and critical thinking.
Because our club presently emphasizes Moot Court, it is important to understand that, even if one is not interested in pursuing law, the aforementioned benefits apply to participation in this form of debate. Moot Court requires critical analysis of many real court cases with serious historical and social implications. Furthermore, that analysis demands that students understand the critical "tests" present within each ruling and apply those tests to other situations. Thus, students engage the underlying theory of a past decision and make it applicable today.
Also, competitors defend their cases in front of panels of challenging justices all wishing to uncover any logical or legal inconsistencies. Job interviews, professional presentations, classroom debates, and other similar circumstances require the same sharp and immediate responses. Moot Court equips the competitor with applicable skills to help in these, and other, important contexts.
Moot Court also teaches students to work through wordy and massive legal briefs and cases in a short amount of time and to extract the necessary facts. As such, it serves as a practical teacher of necessary speed reading skills that can help any aspiring academic to tackle the heavy workload of college classes. Similarly, breaking down cases to uncover needed facts teaches students to become brief but mighty with their word choice. Paper writing easily becomes more deliberate as competitors learn the value of prudently selecting each word.
With all of this in mind, the debate competitor becomes equipped for present studies and future careers. Attending graduate school, landing a great corporate job, or entering a career of policy or legal analysis are all natural next steps after a solid career of college debate. As such, we welcome any and all interested competitors to learn with us, speak with us, and glorify God with us.
Benefits of Becoming a Member by Katherine Nace
Becoming a member of the Regent Undergraduate Debate Association was probably one of the best decisions I could have made when I came on campus freshman year.
Before joining, the only experience I had had with public speaking was through theater. However, as I soon learned, it was much easier to memorize lines to say to an audience than to think critically and speak eloquently to a judge. Thus, I worked closely with my coach and with my peers to develop the skills necessary for academic dialogue and debate.
First, I learned how to speak in a conversational yet professional style.
Second, I became comfortable with forming structured arguments that supported my own opinion and successfully refuted other ideas.
Third, I was taught how to effectively research a topic in a short period of time.
Fourth, I ascertained how to effectively and efficiently articulate my opinion.
Finally, not only did my public speaking abilities dramatically improve, but I became able to critically analyze a problem from both sides.
Therefore, I was better able to engage in successful classroom dialogue and better able to write well structured research papers.