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Making the world a more just place by educating and inspiring its judiciary

Making the Case for The NJC
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A Legacy of Learning

Created more than a half-century ago at the recommendation of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, The National Judicial College, based in Reno, NV since 1964, remains the only educational institution in the United States that teaches courtroom skills to judges of all types from all over the country, Indian Country and abroad. The categories of judges served by this nonprofit and nonpartisan institution, based in Reno, Nevada, since 1964, decide more than 95 percent of the cases in the United States.

Our History
The NJC Experience

The NJC Experience allows for interaction with colleagues that often results in lifelong friendships. The College is a safe and collaborative place where judges can discuss issues they are facing in their role. The College prides itself on the diverse group of judges that it has in its classrooms at any given time.

Our Courses
Within the Model Courtroom, faculty can display evidence using a computer, iPhone, iPad, or a visual presenter/document camera.

Teaching Tips: The Model Courtroom – A Teaching Tool,

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Teaching Facilities

The NJC’s headquarters in Reno houses an auditorium, classrooms, model courtroom, computer lab, multimedia room, judge’s resource center, discussion areas, and administrative space. All classrooms are equipped with Smart Classroom teaching technology that integrates computers, responder systems, audio/visual equipment, and sound systems. The Model Courtroom was created in partnership with ExhibitOne Corporation.

Professional Certificate

The Professional Certificate in Judicial Development is an innovative program designed for judges who want to concentrate their studies in a focused academic area.

Our Certificate Program

The Judicial Studies Degree provides a formal academic setting in which judges and qualifying adjudicators can integrate technical studies of the judiciary with more academic ones in an effort to provide an intellectual assessment of the role of the American judiciary.

Judicial Degree Options
Judicial Studies Graduates
Customized Courses

In addition to the regular courses in the NJC course catalog, a state, tribe, military branch or other group can arrange for the NJC to present a course on almost any subject desired. The course can be presented as a stand-alone live event, delivered in the form of a webcast, or included as part of a conference, workshop, needs assessment or staff development program.

Our custom courses
“You have got to love the location. You have the Sierra Nevada mountains, Lake Tahoe, and a true college experience with the NJC on the beautiful University of Nevada, Reno campus.”

Hon. Thomas Cheffins,

Social Security Administration, Springfield, MO

International Engagement

The College welcomes judges from around the world and has presented courses on every continent except Antarctica, often using instantaneous-translation technology.

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Academic Freedom Statement

Intellectual pluralism and academic freedom are central principles of American higher education as well as The National Judicial College’s offerings. Within the context of its mission (Making the world a more just place by educating and inspiring its judiciary), the NJC promotes the free exchange of ideas and encourages debate over legal, judicial and administration of justice issues. The NJC is committed to providing a learning environment characterized by openness of participant expression, tolerance for expression of differing views, and ability to speak confidentially with the highest degree of civility. Within the framework of learning objectives designed for each educational offering, the NJC’s staff and faculty embrace academic freedom as they develop balanced subject content and facilitated discussion.

Judges and lawyers
Donate to the NJC

If you care about justice and the rule of law, The National Judicial College is worthy of your generous support. Your support is invaluable to the health and future of The National Judicial College and we thank you in advance for your new or renewed support.

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