Certificate Program Requirements

General Jurisdiction Trial Skills

Eligibility is dependent upon your jurisdiction.

Required Courses:

  • Advanced Evidence
  • General Jurisdiction, plus 5-credit elective (5-credit elective not required if three-week General Jurisdiction taken)
  • or, in lieu of General Jurisdiction, Military Judge Course — JAG, Charlottesville, VA (Applies to military judges only. Must show proof of completion.)

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

Elective Courses

20 elective credits are required.

  • Advanced Judicial Writing 5 credits
  • Advanced Mediation: Practical Skills and Techniques 2.5 credits
  • Best Practices in Handling Cases with Self-Represented Litigants 5 credits
  • Building a Bias-Free Environment in Your Court 2.5 credits
  • Case Management 5 credits
  • Civil Mediation 5 credits
  • Conducting the Trial 5 credits
  • Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders 5 credits
  • Comparative Law Program 5 credits
  • Computer Uses for Judges 5 credits
  • Court Management for Judges and Court Administrators 5 credits
  • Creating Sentencing Alternatives 5 credits
  • Criminal Evidence 5 credits
  • Criminal Pretrial and Post-Trial Challenges: Solutions for Bail, Supervision and Sentencing 5 credits
  • Current Issues in the Law 5 credits
  • Decision Making 5 credits
  • Dispute Resolution Skills 5 credits
  • Domestic Violence 5 credits
  • Effective Caseflow Management 5 credits
  • Enhancing Judicial Bench Skills 5 credits
  • Ethical Issues in the Law: A Novel Approach 5 credits
  • Ethics and Judging: Reaching Higher Ground: A Web-Based Course 2.5 credits
  • Ethics, Fairness and Security in Your Courtroom and Community 5.0 credits
  • Ethics for Judges 2.5 credits
  • Evidence in a Courtroom Setting 5 credits
  • Financial Statements in the Courtroom 2.5 credits
  • First Amendment and Media Issues for Judges 2.5 credits
  • Handling Capital Cases 5 credits
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively: A Web-Based Course 2.5 credits
  • Handling the Criminal Case 5 credits
  • Judicial Decision Making 5 credits
  • Judicial Philosophy and American Law 5 credits
  • Judicial Writing 5 credits
  • Judging in the Digital Age: Conquering Discovery and Admission of Electronically Stored Information 2.5 credits
  • Law and Literature 5 credits
  • Law and Popular Culture 5 credits
  • Law, Science and Ethics 5 credits
  • Logic and Opinion Writing 5 credits
  • Management Skills for Presiding Judges 5 credits
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities 5 credits
  • Managing Challenging Family Law Cases: A Practical Approach 5 credits
  • Managing Complex Litigation 5 credits
  • Mindfulness for Judges 5 credits
  • Practical Approaches to Substance Abuse Issues 5 credits
  • Properly and Effectively Adjudicating Drugged Drivers: Web-Based 2.5 credits
  • Rural Courts: A Web-Based Course 2.5 credits
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony 5 credits
  • Search, Seizure and Criminal Procedure 5 credits
  • Selected Criminal Evidence Issues: A Web-Based Course 2.5 credits
  • Sentencing Motor Vehicle Law Offenders 5 credits
  • Settlement Techniques 2.5 credits
  • The U.S. Constitution and the Development of American Law 5 credits
  • The U.S. Constitution and the Development of Legal Philosophy 5 credits
  • Today’s Justice: The Historic Bases 5 credits
  • Traffic Issues in the 21st Century 5 credits
  • When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary 5 credits