The NJC Experience.
The National Judicial College is fortunate to have its home on the historic campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. The location of the College in such a beautiful setting is an essential part of The NJC Experience.
The faculty I have worked with have made me strive to be a better teacher and honestly have helped me become a better judge.
Teaching at The NJC has reinforced for me the value of this sharing — of perspectives, information, techniques — and of involving the learners at a hands-on level whenever possible.
“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
“I can’t pick just one thing about the Center that I like the best,” said Judge Wigg-Ninham. “The courses provide a great foundation for judges new to the bench, but also are enriching for those who have been on the bench for many years. I like the interactive discussion groups and the education the College has provided to make me a better teacher.” Judge Wigg-Ninham loves to learn as much as he can every day. He earned his bachelor’s degree at age 55 and has plans to get his master’s in Dispute Resolution Skills. His thirst for education is also evident in the three certificates he has received from the College, including Tribal Judicial Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, and Special Court Trial Skills.
Certificates and Diplomas
Our Professional Certificate Program, along with our masters and doctorate programs, are another hallmark of The NJC Experience. The NJC designed the certificate program to provide judges with the specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to succeed and grow as jurists. Our master’s program is one of only two offered nationwide. The Doctor of Philosophy in Judicial Studies, which was approved in 2001, is the only doctoral program in the nation for judges. These collaborations with the University of Nevada, Reno and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provide an experience that takes judges to the height of their profession and provides them with an intellectual assessment of the role of the American judiciary.
Many of our alumni, even when not enrolled in one of these programs, can’t wait to return to the “judicial quad” to reflect and delve deeper into their role as judges. “I look forward to more classes at The National Judicial College,” said the Honorable Patrick B. Augustine, U.S. administrative law judge. “They provide me the opportunities for not only classroom involvement but interaction with my peers to exchange ideas.”
Judge Michael N. “Nick” Deegan, district judge in Gillette, Wyoming, first attended the College years ago, but was recently here for a course. “It was noted that I had been attending The NJC since 1984,” he said. “While it seemed just a few short years ago I attended my first course at the College, it was in fact 30 years ago. When I first became a judge, I had no idea my career would still be unfolding three decades later. I know I could not have ably stood the challenges of being a trial court judge without the professional development I found at the College together with the collegiality I have found with other judges.”
The courses provide a great foundation for judges new to the bench, but also are enriching for those that have been on the bench for many years.