Certificate Program Requirements

Appellate Judicial Skills

One of the following is required:

  • Advanced Skills for Appellate Judges*
  • Appellate Skills for Tribal Judges
  • Essential Skills for Appellate Judges

Two of the following are required:

  • Advanced Judicial Writing*
  • Current Issues in the Law
  • Decision Making
  • Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach
  • Judicial Philosophy and American Law
  • Judicial Writing
  • Logic and Opinion Writing
  • Today’s Justice
  • When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary

After completing the requirements, any additional courses from the list above may be applied as elective courses (5 credits each).

Elective Courses

15 elective credits are required.

  • Advanced Issues in Cases Involving Co-Occurring Mental and Substance abuse Disorders* 5 credits
  • Best Practices in Handling Cases with Self-Represented Litigants 5 credits
  • Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders 5 credits
  • Dispute Resolution Skills 5 credits
  • Drugs in America Today: What Every Judges Needs to Know 2.5 credits
  • Effective Team Court Management 5 credits
  • Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground: A Web-Based Course 2.5 credits
  • Ethics, Fairness and Security in Your Courtroom and Community 5 credits
  • Financial Statements in the Courtroom 2.5 credits
  • Fourth Amendment: Comprehensive Search and Seizure for Trial Judges 5 credits
  • Handling Capital Cases 5 credits
  • Judging in the Digital Age: Conquering Discovery and Admission of Electronically Stored Information 2.5 credits
  • Leadership for Judges 5 credits
  • Mindfulness for Judges 5 credits