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Los Angeles County Mock Trial Courtroom Artist Competition

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Courtroom Art Contest

The courtroom Art Contest is a competition that allows artistically talented students the opportunity to participate in the Mock Trial Program. Contestants observe their schools' Mock Trials in rounds 1 and 2, and create drawings of the courtroom scenes. Each Mock Trial Team may enter three courtroom artist. The top two high school winners of the Los Angeles County contest will be eligible to compete at the state Mock Trial Finals.

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Contest Rules

  • All contestants must be affiliated with a registered LA County Mock Trial team and enrolled at the team’s school.
  • All contestants must pay a $25.00 entry fee and register online.
  • All participants must complete a permission slip authorizing the publication or reprinting of their Artists Contest submission for educational purposes. No financial compensation will be awarded.
  • The sketch must depict an actual courtroom scene that you observe during your team’s Round 2 trial. You may not submit your R1 “practice” sketch for judging.
  • During Round 2:
    • Introduce yourself to the scorers, say your name and identify yourself as the courtroom artist.
    • You may sit in the jury box away from scorers if available. You must wear your nametag.
    • Once you are seated, you may not have any contact with anyone from your school (parents, teachers, or fellow students).  You must create your drawing completely independently. 
  • At the end of Round 2, give your drawing to the presider. Only drawings submitted to presiders will be entered in the contest.
  • The art submission must be done in color.
  • The drawing must be on paper of the dimensions 11” X 14”, with a horizontal format.
  • The art submission must have the artist label received with the team’s registration packet placed on the back of your sketch.

Tips & Ideas

  • Let the viewer know right away that this is a courtroom. Include items that convey that setting, but don’t focus on sketching a microphone instead of the witness on the stand.
  • Remember to tell as full a story as possible. The drawing should represent what you see but also, through the drawing, tell a story.
  • Find the most newsworthy action that occurred in the courtroom. Perhaps there is an “ah-ha” moment, an intriguing witness, a shocking development with which to capture the emotion of the trial. The artist must remember that this is true reporting, and must be the “eyes of the court”.

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For more information about the Courtroom Art Contest please contact us or your county coordinator.