The S.C. Bar Law Related Education (LRE) Division has incorporated two competition elements into the Mock Trial program to include a Courtroom Sketch Artist and Courtroom Journalist competition at the regional level only. Courtroom sketch artists and journalists are subject to all Mock Trial rules, restrictions and eligibility requirements. They will compete solely on their own efforts and will NOT be considered as part of their school’s Mock Trial team participation.
Courtroom Sketch Artists will create sketches that depict actual courtroom scenes observed at the assigned
regional competition. The courtroom sketch artists observe trials in which his/her school is competing at the
regional level. Up to one sketch may be submitted at the conclusion of the competition day by each artist on
white paper no smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches and no larger than 11 x 17 inches in black and white or pastel with
any dry medium used. Sketches will be judged on accuracy of proportion, realism, authenticity with regard to
traditional courtroom sketching, figure/ground relationship, and use of contrast. All submissions become the
property of the S.C. Bar and may be used by the LRE Division for any purpose it deems appropriate, including
but not limited to reproduction and dissemination.
Courtroom Journalists will type articles that describe the actual courtroom presentations observed at the
assigned regional competition. Typed articles will be approved by the sponsoring teacher(s) and submitted
electronically to the S.C. Bar no later than 5 p.m. the first Monday following the competition. Articles submitted
are solely completed by the student competitor and may not be edited/altered by any other source. The courtroom
journalists observe trials in which his/her school is competing at the regional level. Article entries are submitted
electronically with one inch margins throughout, double spaced and typed in 12 point Arial font. Laptops
are not permitted in the courthouse. Articles will be judged on accuracy, clarity, objectivity, fairness, style,
grammar and spelling. All submissions become the property of the S.C. Bar and may be used by the LRE
Division for any purpose it deems appropriate, including but not limited to reproduction and dissemination.