Our fall Tryout process is open to any student at Harvard and designed to showcase the skills that will be most valuable in trial.
Want to stay updated on information about tryouts in the fall? Fill out the HMTA Interest Form here!
Come meet us and learn who we are and what we do! Before Tryouts each year, we host two information sessions where prospective members can learn about collegiate Mock Trial, the Harvard Mock Trial Association, and watch a live demonstration. Each session lasts about an hour, and both sessions cover the same material, so you only need to attend one. We strongly encourage you to attend an Information Session prior to trying out for the team. The Informational Sessions will take place over Zoom, so, fill out this form at least an hour before the Information Session to receive the zoom link.
All times are in EST. We have tried to schedule the Informational Sessions in different parts of the day to accommodate different time zones; however, if the times below are not compatible with your schedule, please contact our Community Director, Travis Harper, at email@example.com. He will work with you to find a time for an one on one meeting.
Tuesday, September 1st: 10–11 AM and PM
Thursday, September 3rd: 10—11 AM and PM
Step 1: Fill out our Preliminary Tryout Form (Opens 08/31)
Our Tryout Form puts you on our radar, and it helps us keep track of you as you move throughout the Tryout process. You must fill it out before booking a tryout slot. It's quick—just basic biographical data; the HMTA Application (discussed below) helps us get to know you in depth. The Preliminary Tryout Form will open closer to Round I Tryouts which will start on Saturday, September 5th.
Step 2: Book a Round I Tryout (Opens 08/31)
To book the time of your Round I Tryout, please use this Doodle poll. If you experience any difficulties or have any questions, don't hesitate to text Travis Harper, our Community Director, at (678) 472-0269. He can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Download our Tryout Packet and HMTA Application
The Tryout Packet contains all relevant information for the Round I Tryout, extra resources to help you prepare, and the written content you'll rely on for the witness portion of your tryout. The HMTA Application contains a few short answer questions and allows us to get to know you better, beyond your performance. The HMTA Application is due to Travis Harper via email (email@example.com) by noon the day before your Round 1 Tryout.
Step 4: Prepare for Your Round I Tryout
Everything you need to prepare can be found in the Round I Tryout Packet. Be sure to read it attentively. As you'll see, there are three components to Round I: Witness, Speech, and Extemporaneous. In the Witness portion, you will assume the role of one of the two witnesses we make available and will learn that witness’s affidavit (a written statement of facts, sworn to under oath) in order to prepare to testify as that witness on Direct Examination. If this sounds like gibberish to you at the moment, don't fret — all of this is explained in depth in the Round I Tryout Packet. In the Speech portion, you will deliver a 2-3 minute prepared speech about a subject of your choosing. There is only one limitation: the speech cannot be related to the law or Mock Trial. And finally, in the Extemporaneous portion, you will be asked to speak on the spot for sixty seconds, answering a question of our choosing.
Step 5: Attend Your Round I Tryout
Please arrive at your Round I Tryout no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. We apologize in advance if we are running 5-10 minutes late. If we are running late, stay in the waiting room for the Zoom meeting until we let you in. Remember, you must submit your HMTA Application to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon the day before your Round 1 Tryout.
From Round I Tryouts on, we will be in touch individually.
If you have any questions about the tryout process, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Community Director (email@example.com)
Please use the below resources to follow the steps above. Please contact our Community Director if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Use the links below to sign-up and prepare for your Round I Tryout.
Round I Office Hours
Once you've signed up for a Round I Tryout Slot, we encourage you to make use of the Office Hours we'll be offering the week of August 31st. Use the Doodle Poll linked below to sign up. Office Hours can be used to discuss your witness persona, get feedback on your argumentative speech, or just better understand Mock Trial, and are highly encouraged, particularly for those without Mock Trial experience. Also, check out our resource kit that contains links to helpful articles and videos of excellent witness portrayals.