The Society conducts the University debating rounds selections, and also hosts the Bangalore Schools Debate (aka NLS Debate Junior) and their flagship event, the National Law School Debate, India’s largest institutional debate. The Literary and Debating Society of NLSIU provides spaces for an extremely motley cross-section of students to express themselves from loud mouthed debaters to geeky quizzers to socially inept writers. While some might argue that the thanklessness of the organization of selections and its associated controversies has made its members grumpy and easily irritable, LnD can claim with pride that it has grown in status and stature in recent years.
The society has fostered activities such as debating, quizzing and other literary events such as DC, Picto, 20Q, JAM etc as evinced by the exemplary performance of students. Students have consistently excelled at debates both at the national and international level, reinforcing the stereotype of lawyers who talk without saying much by breaking at the Cambridge IV and winning the All Asians (not to mention locking out the finals) at the international level, and winning a high number of debates at the national level. The quizzers are some of the most highly rated in the college circuit in India, having risen to the top of the Karnataka Quiz Association ranking. Students have routinely stood out in National quizzes and have broke to semis in Crucible National.
Literary events are also pursued with great verve and enthusiasm and considerable skill in large numbers, and the college counts amongst its alumni more than one published author. LnD also publishes Tapestry, a literary magazine and hosts quiz weeks, slam poetry competitions and practice debate throughout the year, so keep a look-out for their emails!
Students can join as junior co-opts, senior co-opts or members in keeping with their year of study. The selection process involves an application criteria and an interview component.