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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About the National Forensic League

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The National Forensic League Honor Society promotes secondary school speech and debate activities and interscholastic competition as a means to develop a student's lifelong skills and values, as well as the public's awareness of the value of speech, debate, and communication education. The National Forensic League is a non-partisan, not for profit educational honor society founded in 1925 by Bruno E. Jacob at Ripon College.

As an organization, the National Forensic League embraces diversity, interconnection, and visionary leadership. We empower students to become effective communicators, ethical individuals, critical thinkers, and leaders in a democratic society.

The organization serves as the central agent for coordination and facilitation of

  • heightened public awareness of the value of speech communication skills,
  • development of educational initiatives for student and teacher training,
  • excellence in interscholastic competition, and
  • the promotion of honor society ideals.

As a member of the National Forensic League, students and coaches from across the nation pledge to uphold the highest standards of integrity, humility, respect, leadership and service in the pursuit of excellence.