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Pre-University Debating Competition

A One-Of-A-Kind Opportunity to Show Off Your Speaking Skills

If you’re in the first or second year of non-compulsory secondary education (such as the Spanish bachillerato), and you think that no-one can beat you in an argument, we want to see you in action. The ESADE Pre-University Debating Competition will put you up against other gifted and eloquent orators, testing your talent for public speaking and your ability to make a convincing case.

Next Competition

  • Day:
    March 2nd 2019

  • Time:
    9.00 am

  • Place:
    ESADE Barcelona
    Av. Pedralbes 60-62 - 08034 Barcelona

How It Works


Students in the first or second year of non-compulsory secondary education (such as the Spanish bachillerato) who have previously registered online.


Teams of 2-4 people. You can sign up with classmates or friends, or you can come alone, in which case we will assign you a group at random.


Check here the Debating Competition regulations


The best speaker will win a place in the ESADE Law School for highschool students Summer School, worth €2,000. All debaters will receive a certificate of participation.

Competition Programme

> Reception and welcome 

> Introduction: how the competition works and debate simulation

> Preparation of the debate theme with the support of some current ESADE Law School students who take part in national debating leagues

> First round of the debate and feedback from the jury

> Second round of the debate and feedback from the jury

> Final debate and feedback from the jury. Announcement of the winning team and best speaker. Awards presentation.

> Cocktails with all participants

* The number of places is limited. If you are unable to attend, please notify us in advance so we can give your place to someone else.

Pre-University Debating Competition Key Points

Experience how it feels to debate in a courtroom

Find out how university debating leagues work

Work in a team

Test your abilities against other pre-university students

Meet students from ESADE and other schools

Is the Competition Only for Future Law Students?

No! Debating and speaking skills are, of course, fundamental for legal professionals, but the ability to  make your point and discuss issues is a requirement for all careers. Wherever your future lies, the ability to communicate effectively will help you on your way.

The competition is recommended for anyone who is interested in our Degrees.