Certificate Program Requirements

Tribal Judicial Skills

Eligibility dependent upon your jurisdiction.

One of the following is required

  • Administrative Law: Fair Hearing
  • General Jurisdiction
  • or, in lieu of General Jurisdiction, Military Judge Course — JAG, Charlottesville, VA (Applies to military judges only. Must show proof of completion.)
  • Special Court Jurisdiction, plus 5-credit elective
  • Special Court Jurisdiction: Advanced

Two of the following are required:

  • Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges*
  • Essential Skills for Tribal Gaming Commissioners*
  • Appellate Skills for Tribal Judges
  • Court Management for Tribal Court Judges and Personnel
  • Logic and Opinion Writing

*Only one of these courses will apply for requirements

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 Evidence 5 credits
  • 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
  • Comparative Law Program 5 credits
  • Computer Uses for Judges 5 credits
  • Conducting the Trial 5 credits
  • Co-Occurring Mental and Substance Abuse Disorders 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
  • First Amendment and Media Issues for Judges 2.5 credits
  • Fundamentals of Evidence 5 credits
  • Fundamentals of Evidence: Web-Based 2.5 credits
  • Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively: A Web-Based Course 2.5 credits
  • Impaired Driving Case Essentials 5 credits</li>
  • 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, Science and Ethics 5 credits
  • Law and Popular Culture 5 credits
  • Managing Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities 5 credits
  • Managing Challenging Family Law Cases: A Practical Approach 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
  • 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
  • Traffic Issues in the 21st Century 5 credits
  • Today’s Justice: The Historic Bases 5 credits
  • Special Tribal Courses (to be announced, must have approval, only one applies) 5 credits
  • When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary 5 credits