Competition Team

San Jose State Forensics is a full service team that competes against other colleges and universities throughout the world. We offer interpretive and platform speaking, Lincoln Douglas, parliamentary, and world style debate. We compete in the National Forensics Association, Civic Debate Conference, Northern California Forensics Association, and American Forensics Association. 

While travel is not required to join, the competition team involves weekend travel to tournaments throughout California, the United States, and occasionally the world - (China, Portugal, Canada, Czech Republic, Argentina, Hungary, Italy, Japan and Belgium so far!) 

While the team is not a class you sign up for you can receive a variety of upper division units for joining. Sign up for COMM 191 A, B & C and earn a unit for every tournament that you attend. For more information, stop by one of our practice sessions. Students do not pay for travel, coaching, or registration to compete. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 - 5:30* or stop by our office HGH 214 and we are happy to work with your schedule. 

The Competition team is also committed to giving back to San Jose State and the local community. As such we put on campus performances to showcase our work, to bring attention to hot button issues, and host SpeakFest. 

For additional information please contact Director of Forensics Scott Laczko ( about how to get involved.

*In-person meetings currently postponed. Contact Director of Forensics for more information.