Become a Constitutional Law Debate Coach

Become a Constitutional Law Debate Coach to high school students with Mentoring Youth through Legal Education (M.Y.L.E)


Legal Outreach

Legal Outreach is a non-profit organization that uses the law as a tool to inspire vision and foster skills in high school students from New York City’s most underserved areas.


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Debate Program

Students in Legal Outreach’s four-year College Bound program are required to participate in three Constitutional Law debates per year. Students who qualify will participate in a fourth debate. The debate program is designed to improve our students’ oral advocacy and public speaking abilities as well as their analytic and reasoning skills. Each debate focuses on a major constitutional topic, such as freedom of speech, procedural due process, or equal protection.  No debate experience or constitutional law coursework is required to serve as a debate coach.

Role of a Debate Coach

As a law student debate coach you will work with your student(s) throughout the year to help them prepare for their constitutional law debates. This includes helping them understand the debate fact patterns, brief the provided cases, outline oral arguments, and prepare to present their arguments to a panel of judges. Debate coaches will also serve as judges at the actual debates. Coaching is challenging, but also fun and rewarding. You will be amazed by the impact that you have on your students and the depth of understanding you will gain on each constitutional law topic!

Time Commitment

  • Each coach will be assigned to 1 or 2 students.  You will work with them simultaneously.
  • A year-long commitment is required (our students participate in only 1 debate in the Fall semester and 2-3 debates in the Spring semester depending on whether or not they qualify for the Debater of the Year Competition).
  • Coaches must attend one of Legal Outreach’s training sessions, location and date to be determined.
  • Coaches are expected to meet with their student(s) in person 3 times for approximately 2 hrs before each debate. Meetings will take place at your law school at a time that is convenient for you and your students.
  • Coaches are expected to attend the debate (there are 3 per year) to judge the competitions and support their students.  We will try to assign you to a debate site that is at/near your law school.
  • The total time commitment is approximately 32 hours over the course of the year.


Being a Legal Outreach debate coach qualifies for pro bono credit at law schools that accept it. If you are only earning 32 credits from us, we can provide you with additional coaching tasks that will help you meet the 40-hr requirement.


Attorney Interactions

Being a debate coach is an excellent way to network with attorneys from New York City’s top firms and public interest organizations, as each Legal Outreach student has an attorney mentor and we encourage debate coaches and mentors to schedule at least one joint debate prep meeting per debate with their student. Further, mentors attend and help judge all the debates.

2018-19 Debate Schedule

  • Debate 1: November 16, 2018
  • Debate 2: February 8, 2019
  • Debate 3: March 29, 2019
  • Debater of the Year: April 18, 2019

Mandatory Debate Coach Training

  • Once you have applied, you can sign up for one of our Coach Orientation and Training sessions in late September and early October.

If you are interested in becoming a debate coach, please fill our online application. A link is available near the top of this page.

Coaches are assigned on a first come/first serve basis.

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Last updated 8.27.2018