Educational Outreach

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 Essay Contest open to current high school students in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Visit the link below for more information. The contest deadline is May 27, 2022.

 2022 Essay Contest

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

The Fourth Circuit is one of twelve regional appellate courts within the federal judicial system. The court hears appeals from federal district courts in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and from federal administrative agencies.

Visiting the Court

Student groups planning to attend oral argument in Richmond are encouraged to contact the student coordinator at (804) 916-2715 for assistance in coordinating their visit.

Tours of the courthouse can be scheduled by contacting the tour coordinator at (804) 916-2715.

The Federal Court System

The U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights

Interactive U.S. Constitution (National Constitution Center)

Bill of Rights (National Archives)

For Teachers


2019 Fourth Circuit Essay Contest

Naturalization Ceremony

VHS Naturalization Ceremony
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