What we do?




Forensics is a community of advocates that believes in giving a voice to those who do not have one. We aim to highlight social, political, and economic justice through the power of language.



UL Speech and Debate advocates for its students to volunteer in the Louisiana High School Speech League, as coaches, judges, and mentors. Giving back to those who gave to us, is at the heart of our core and without the LHSSL we would not have the powerful young competitors that we do.

Ragin Cajuns 


UL Speech and Debate represents the Department of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts. Whether at competition, in the community or at home on the swamp, we are representing the faculty, staff and students who support us.



UL Speech and Debate is the more than 100 year legacy of Edith Garland Dupre and her founding teams, the Attakapas Literary and Debate Society for young men and the Avatar Debate Society for young women. It is our rich history that keeps us motivated to continue the legacy.

Recent events

Fear the Cajuns


  • The UL Speech and Debate Team ended the 2015-2016 season with attendance at four national tournaments including Novice Nationals, Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, AFA National Individual Events Tournament, and Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest.
  • Kristopher Harrison represents UL and the state of Louisiana at the Interstate Oratorical Association National competition for the second year in a row.
  • Jacob Remel breaks to Semi Finals of Prose Interpretation at American Forensics Association- NIET, making history as UL Speech and Debate's first ever out round participant in its 3 year membership with AFA.
  • Jamie Parker breaks to out rounds at Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Extemporaneous Speaking and Congressional Debate, taking home a national title in Congressional Debate.
  • Mark Mallory, Austin Freeman, Dejhane Lee, Jacob Remel and Jalen Benjamin represent UL at Novice Nationals 2016, hosted by UL Speech and Debate for the first time in Novice Nationals 35 year history.




Whether you are looking for a new experience, continuing your forensics career or looking to share our journey, we would love to hear from you!
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