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If you are ready to challenge yourself, learn about current events, win trophies, and ARGUE, then the JLMS Debate Team is the place for you.  Veterans and novices from all grades are welcome.  The team meets on Fridays in Room 108 from 3:45pm - 4:30pm every week. 


The JLMS debate team competes in the Middle School League of the Bay Area Urban Debate League (BAUDL).

Tournament Results

To see how your debater did in a particular tournament, visit Tabroom.com.

Debating Builds Mental Strength

Read an interesting blog series about how debating builds mental strength.

Debate Team

"It's better to debate a question without settling it
than to settle a question without debating it."

     James Lick students love to argue.  They argue with their parents, they argue with their teachers, and they argue with their friends.  The JLMS Debate Team transforms students' intense desire to make their voices heard into a tool for learning and engagement.  Debaters can expect to develop their abilities to think critically and advocate persuasively while at the same time benefiting from increased exposure to topical research and current events that boosts their literacy, research skills, and civic engagement.

     Debate is an academic sport.  Our school is one of the founding members of the Middle School League of the Bay Area Urban Debate League, which debuted during the 2014-15 school year.  Through our annual participation in the league, we are able to field a team of competitive debaters that use their argumentative skills to vanquish opponents all around the Bay Area.

     Students compete using Public Forum Debate conventions in which teams of two students oppose each other to debate designated topics from current news stories from around the world.  For each tournament, participants are given a packet of information to use in formulating their arguments but are also allowed to do their own research.  

     Any students that are interested in current events, intellectual competition, academic challenges, or public speaking should consider getting involved in the debate team.  All interested participants are welcome!  No prior experience in debate is required to join, and team members can choose the debate tournaments in which they wish to participate.

2017-2018 Season

The following is BAUDL's middle school debate league schedule for this school year.  There is no cost for team members to participate in tournaments.  Travel is by carpools leaving from JLMS around 8:45am and returning around 5pm.

  • Season Opener:  September 30 @ Chabot College
  • Speech + Debate Fall Classic:  October 14 @ City College of SF
  • Harvey Milk Classic:  December 2 @ Elmhurst MS
  • Middle School Invitational:  Jan 27-28 @ TBA
  • Angela Davis Debates:  February 24 @ TBA
  • Listen, Learn, Lead Debate:  March 17 @ TBA
  • League Championship + State Qualifier:  April 7 @ TBA
  • Middle School State Championship: May 5 @ Diablo Valley College

2016-2017 Season

Congratulations on a job well done to all the JLMS students who were part of the 2016-2017 debate team and participated in one or more of the following BAUDL middle school debates. A special shout ...more

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Today: 2/19/18
1:00 PM No School - Presidents' Day Holiday

Season Opener

The Middle School Season Opener was held on September 30, 2017, at Chabot College in Hayward. Topic resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea's best interest. Congratulations ...more

Closeout Invitational

The BAUDL Bay Area Closeout Middle School Invitational was held on May 6, 2017, at U.C. Berkeley. Topic resolved: The President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the ...more

League Championship

The BAUDL Middle School League Championship was held on March 23, 2017, at Frick Impact Academy in Oakland. Topic resolved: The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work toward a ...more