Submit an essay!


The one page essays are judged on style and content.  The winning student will receive a $1000 scholarship!  Complete instructions are included on the downloadable PDF below.

Compete with fellow students!


This contest is open to graduating public high school seniors in Orange County!

The Right to a Trial By Jury!


The 6th Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to a trial by jury.  Everyone accused of a criminal act has the right to be represented by an attorney, whether or not they can afford to pay for their own counsel.  If an accused can't pay for their own representative, a Public Defender will represent them. The State is represented by a an attorney who will prosecute the case on behalf of the people.   

Download Essay Instructions.

Complete instructions for applying for the scholarship are included on the PDF file that can be downloaded below.   The rubric that will be used to judge submissions is also included to assure that any applicant's essay will address all of the elements of the topic in an appropriate manner.

FY20 Old Courthouse Society Scholarship - for distribution (1) (pdf)