Artist and Journalist Competition
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 Sketch Artist Application
Courtroom Sketch Artist Rules
Courtroom Sketch Artist Submission Form in PDF
Courtroom Sketch Artist Submission Form in Word
Courtroom Sketch Artist Sample Scoresheet
Courtroom Sketch Artist Sample Submissions
Courtroom Sketch Artist Compettition Results

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.

Courtroom Journalist Application
Courtroom Journalist Rules
Courtroom Journalist Submission Form in PDF
Courtroom Journalist Submission Form in Word
Courtroom Journalist Sample Scoresheet
Courtroom Journalist Competition Results