Custom Courses

The listings below represent a sampling of the courses available from The National Judicial College. If you have a topic that is not represented on the list, the NJC can create a custom-designed course to suit your needs. Please contact William Brunson at brunson@judges.org or at (775) 327-8211. The NJC can present the programs face-to-face in your jurisdiction or in any location you wish. Alternatively, the NJC can present programs via webcast.

The JS designations below reflect those courses that are eligible for credit in the master’s or Ph.D. in Judicial Studies.

Administrative Law

  • Administrative Law: Advanced (JS 649)
  • Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612)
  • Administrative Law: High Volume
  • Administrative Law: Utility Regulatory Adjudication
  • Essential Skills for the Unemployment Adjudicator
  • Ethics, Bias and the Administrative Law Judge
  • Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges
  • Mediation for Administrative Law Judges
  • Traffic Adjudication for Administrative Law Judges

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Advanced Mediation: Practical Skills and Techniques
  • Civil Mediation
  • Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Mediation for Administrative Law Judges
  • Settlement Techniques

Civil

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Advanced Mediation: Practical Skills and Techniques
  • Best Practices in Handling Self-Represented Litigants
  • Conducting the Trial (JS 632)
  • Civil Mediation
  • Complex Commercial/Business Court Cases
  • Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Electronic Discovery: What Every Judge Needs to Know
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony (JS 622)
  • Settlement Techniques

Court Performance and Management

  • Conducting the Trial (JS 617)
  • Court Management for Judges and Court Administrators
  • Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel
  • Decision Making (JS 618)
  • Effective Case Flow Management (JS 627)
  • Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills (JS 624)
  • Judicial Security: Protecting the Court and the Judge
  • Leadership for Judges
  • Management Skills for Presiding Judges
  • Managing Complex Litigation (JS 629)
  • Neuroscience and Decision Making

Criminal

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Best Practices in Handling Self-Represented Litigants
  • Conducting the Trial (JS 632)
  • Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Criminal Pretrial & Post-Trial Challenges: Solutions for Bail, Supervision & Sentencing
  • Impaired Driving Case Essentials
  • Handling Capital Cases (JS 623)
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities
  • Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues (JS 628)
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony (JS 622)
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues
  • Sentencing and Management of Sex Offenders
  • Sentencing Motor Vehicle Law Offenders
  • The Fourth Amendment: Contemporary Issues for Appellate Judges
  • The Fourth Amendment: Comprehensive Search and Seizure Training for Trial Judges

Enrichment & History of the Law

  • Current Issues in the Law
  • Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach (JS 619)
  • Judicial Philosophy and American Law
  • Law and Popular Culture
  • Law, Science, and Ethics
  • Today’s Justice: The Historic Bases (JS 642)
  • When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary (JS 645)

Evidence

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Criminal Evidence (JS 613)
  • Electronic Discovery: What Every Judge Needs to Know
  • Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges
  • Evidence in a Courtroom Setting
  • Fundamentals of Evidence
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony (JS 622)
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues

Faculty & Curriculum Development
(a.k.a. Train-the-Trainer)

  • Course and Faculty Development
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Curriculum Development Principles and Practices
  • Custom-Designed Faculty Development Workshop – choose the subject and we’ll teach you how to teach it
  • Designing and Presenting Effective Presentations: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Distance Learning: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Planning and Presenting Programs Effectively: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Presenting Effectively Online: A Faculty Development Workshop  – concentrates on webcasts and web conferences
  • Using Literature as a Teaching Tool: A Faculty Development Workshop

Family Law

  • Best Practices in Handling Self-Represented Litigants
  • Current Issues in Family Law (JS 634)
  • Dispute Resolution Skills (JS 625)
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Domestic Violence
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
  • Financial Statements in the Courtroom
  • Managing Challenging Family Law Cases: A Practical Approach (JS 634)
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities

Foundation

  • Administrative Law: Fair Hearing (JS 612)
  • Building a Bias-Free Environment in Your Court
  • Conducting the Trial (JS 632)
  • Decision Making
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
  • Ethics for Judges
  • Ethics, Bias and the Administrative Law Judge
  • Ethics, Bias and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground
  • General Jurisdiction (JS 610)
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively
  • Judicial Writing (JS 615)
  • Logic and Opinion Writing (JS 621)
  • Mindfulness for Judges
  • Neuroscience and Decision Making
  • Special Court Jurisdiction
  • Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced (JS 612)

Problem-Solving Techniques and Practice

  • Building a Bias-Free Environment in Your Court
  • Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Criminal Pretrial and Post-Trial Challenges: Solutions for Bail, Supervision and Sentencing
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities
  • Managing Vicarious Trauma
  • Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues (JS 628)
  • Sentencing Motor Vehicle Law Offenders
  • Sentencing Sex Offenders

Skills-Based

  • Advanced Evidence (JS 617)
  • Advanced Judicial Writing (JS 626)
  • Civil Mediation
  • Commercial Driver’s Licensing Laws: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Creating an Active Learning Environment: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Custom-Designed Faculty Development Workshop – choose the subject and we’ll teach you how to teach it
  • Designing and Presenting Effective Presentations: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Distance Learning: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills
  • Judicial Writing (JS 615)
  • Logic and Opinion Writing (JS 621)
  • Mindfulness for Judges
  • Presenting Effectively Online: A Faculty Development Workshop
  • Using Literature as a Teaching Tool: A Faculty Development Workshop

Tribal

NOTE: Tribal judges will benefit from any of NJC’s courses. In addition, the National Tribal Judicial Center created the following courses to meet the specific needs of tribal judges.

  • Advanced Tribal Bench Skills: Competence, Confidence, and Control
  • Advanced Tribal Court Management
  • Competence, Confidence and Control: Enhancing Public Trust in Tribal Courts
  • Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel
  • Dispute Resolution Techniques for Tribal Justice Systems
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
  • Special Court Jurisdiction
  • Writing for Tribal Judges

Web-Based

NOTE: NJC offers the courses below over a six-week period via WebCampus, an online education portal. The courses include reading assignments, self-assessments, videos, and discussion groups, among other learning activities. Further, the participants attend weekly web conferences during each week of the six-week courses. Nevertheless, NJC can customize the courses to present them face-to-face or by webcast.

  • Essential Skills for the Unemployment Adjudicator
  • Ethics, Bias and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground
  • Ethics, Bias and the Administrative Law Judge
  • Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively
  • Rural Courts
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues
  • Traffic Adjudication for Administrative Law Judges