Academic Achievement

There are a multitude of issues that judges face in their daily duties. The complexities of our judicial system, compounded by the dramatically changing social and economic characteristics of society, have created an immense need for judicial education dealing with a variety of subjects, situations, ideas and trends.

At the NJC, a broad range of topics are covered in-depth by engaging faculty members who are experts in their individual fields. The NJC’s faculty and staff work hard to create innovative curricula, continuously updated to provide a supportive learning environment and experience. Working with our esteemed faculty, the College has created interactive, multimedia, case-based simulations that place judge-participants in real-world situations that require them to apply critical thinking skills to the decision-making process. This NJC learning philosophy allows participants the opportunity to problem-solve, assess alternative solutions, and receive feedback on critical judicial skills.

Certificate Program

The Professional Certificate in Judicial Development is an innovative program designed for judges who want to concentrate their studies in a focused academic area. The certification is a hallmark of study that complements existing degrees. Judges who earn Certificates in Judicial Development achieve a higher level of judicial expertise, skill and knowledge. The National Judicial College offers certification in the following specialized areas: Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills. Learn more »

Master’s/Ph.D. Programs

The Judicial Studies Degree provides a formal academic setting in which trial judges or juvenile and family court judges 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. The program is a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), The National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). A major academic objective of the degree program is to help create and define a new academic discipline, judicial studies. Learn more »

Justice Management

This master’s program was developed to address the demand from justice system personnel for a graduate level degree in the area of justice management. The program provides an academic foundation for those seeking education or advancement in the varied fields associated with the administration of justice. It is organized jointly by UNR, the NJC and the NCJFCJ, and is also supported by the National Juvenile Court Services Association, the National Center for State Courts’ Institute of Court Management, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association and the Child Welfare League of America. Those interested are encouraged to apply by contacting Jane Robinson, MBA, JD, Assistant Program Director at (775) 784-6270 or by fax at (775) 784-6273. Learn more »