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Congressional Debate: Write and Debate Your Own Legislation

During a 6 week period learners will write their own legislation, conduct a legislative debate and vote on its passage, all while learning this important style of debate.
Kirsten Bowman JD
629 total reviews for this teacher
New class
85 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 6 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Mon, Jan 9, 2023

Jan 9 – Feb 13, 2023 (6 weeks)
1:00 – 2:25 PM
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Class Experience

Learning goals include:

Understanding the legislative process
Critical analyses of the complexity of drafting legislation
Gaining stronger writing skills
Strengthening persuasive skills and presentation skills
Understanding the format of competitive Congressional Debate
Gaining skills in logical reasoning
Learning to back up assertions with facts and evidence
I am a practicing human rights lawyer who teaches at the law school level and has been teaching and coaching debate on Outschool for the past 5 years.  Prior to my work with the United Nations, I worked on Policy Analysis in Washington DC for several years, working together with Congressional Offices on legislative agendas. 
During the first two weeks of class, learners will need to work on drafting their legislation during the week.  During the final four weeks of class, learners will need to research various issues according to the legislation which will be debated each week, form positions and prepare 3 minute speeches on the bills to be debated.  
Assessments and grades can be provided, please reach out prior to the start of class to discuss with the teacher. 
1 hour 25 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Appropriate legislative topics will be required.  There are many topics such as gun regulation or the death penalty that may be sensitive.  As this course is for older learners, topics of legislative relevance will not be off limits, but all legislation will be expected to be treated in a respectful manner.


Kirsten Bowman JDHuman Rights Lawyer, Advocate and Professor
629 total reviews
330 completed classes

About Me

I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and homeschooling mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and will complete my PhD in international law in 2021. 

I have travelled the world... 
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