VHSMTP

VHSTMP

Welcome to the Virginia High School Mock Trial Program, presented by the Virginia Law Related Education Institute and financially assisted by a grant from the Virginia Law Foundation. Are you and your team ready for the ultimate competitive law related experience?

The program is open to teams of six to ten students from public schools, private schools, and the home school community located in Virginia and Washington D.C.

Congratulations to Henrico High School #1 for Winning the 2021 Competition!


Program Information

Registration opens September 1st.
Register early for preferred placement when regional assignments are determined. Read the Mock Trial Handbook for detailed information on regional competitions. Mock trial problem available to teams September 1st (after registration).

Virginia Law Foundation
This project is financially assisted by a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation. The Virginia Law Foundation promotes through philanthropy the rule of law, access to justice, and law related education.

Program Resources (updated for 2021)

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the VHSMTC has adopted rules for virtual competition. Click here for the provisional rules.

The VHSMTP Coaches Manual is your guide for project-based learning and performance-based assessment.

The VHSMTC Handbook is the rules and regulations for the competition portion of the program

Previous Results:
2021 - Henrico High School #1
2020 - No State Competition (COVID-19)
2019 - George Mason High School
2018 - Dominion Christian School


Registration Fees

Fees include access to the trial packet and materials
Early Registration (by October 15th)$225
Registration (By December 20th)$275

A $75 discount applies for this year for those teams who advanced to the state competition (top 20) in 2019-20 due to COVID-19

Location Date
State Competition Virtual 3/20/21 to 3/21/21
Regional Competitions Virtual 2/6/21 and 2/20/21

Team withdrawal deadline December 20th
Directions for registration and team assignment information can be found on page 51 of the Coach’s Manual. Click here to access the manual.

Additional Resources

The Virginia High School Mock Trial Competition uses the rules of evidence and competition established by the National High School Mock Trial Competition. Teams are encouraged to understand these rules prior to the competition. ​

Mock trial rules of evidence can be found at http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/rules/rules-evidence/

Competition rules can be found at http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/rules/rules-competition/

The VHSMTC Handbook sets forth how the competition is organized and run. Please fill out the team roster form for the competition.