Angela R. Mathew

High School Seminar Program

What is the Angela R. Mathew High School Seminar Program?

The Angela R. Mathew High School Seminar Program is an opportunity for high school students to learn from some of the best collegiate mock trial competitors in the nation. We offer a dynamic program consisting of interactive lectures from our most experienced attorneys and witnesses, individual sessions in which students receive one-on-one guidance on how to improve their skills, demonstration rounds, and scrimmages. The Harvard Mock Trial Association is one of the most competitive college mock trial programs in the country. We have competed and placed at the American Mock Trial National Championship Tournament numerous times, finishing most recently at 6th place in 2021, with one of the youngest teams in the nation, 4th place in 2016, and 1st place in 2015. This seminar program is the forum for us to share with young competitors the tools and techniques that have led us to our success.

Now in our 16th year, the Harvard Mock Trial High School Seminar Program has trained both novice and advanced teams, many of whom have gone on to win competitions at the state and national levels.

It is our philosophy that success in mock trial comes from a balance of knowing both how to prepare and how to deviate from the plan by thinking on your feet and being creative. In our two-pronged program, students spend part of their time in a series of interactive lectures, taught by HMTA's most experienced, accomplished team members, who can claim among them individual awards at all levels of collegiate competition. Students also take part in what we call “breakout sessions,” in which teams work individually with a member of Harvard Mock Trial to develop their cases, write questions and statements, and prepare for the scrimmage at the end of the seminar. We give you not only the tools to succeed, but also the personal guidance to implement these tools for yourself. 


Yet the seminar is more than just an educational program. Students meet competitors from all over the country, whether it is during lectures or at the annual ice cream social. And since you are at Harvard, we also offer tours of the world-famous, ivy-covered campus.


The 2021 Angela R. Mathew High School Seminar Program will be held on October 16-17th and November 6-7th. Please visit our registration page for further details. 


If you are interested in attending our seminar program or would like more information, please subscribe to our mailing list below or reach out to us at to get in touch with our Seminar Directors.

Who We Are

The Harvard Mock Trial Association is one of the most competitive college mock trial programs in the country, and also one of the most unique: HMTA is a completely student-run organization without any coaches.


In just the past few years, we have won a national title, held two first-place seasonal standings, and received numerous individual attorney and witness awards at the regional, and national levels. Every year, we watch our newest members consistently outperform and outrank even the most experienced of competitors from other programs.

What We've Heard

“For the first time our team finished in the ‘Elite Eight’ …We all agree that your seminar…was the turning point. Thank you so much for the gift of confidence, a strong work ethic, and your tips.”

– Indio High School, Indio, CA

“Your training has helped our team win two Texas State Championships in the last six years.”

– Skyline High School, Dallas, TX

“Exeter Mock Trial took tenth at nationals this year, which is ‘podium.’ I believe that every student there had at some point been to your seminar.”

— Phillips Exeter High School, Exeter, NH