Courses are offered in-person, online or by custom design
The College offers dozens of courses at its headquarters in Reno, Nevada, across the United States and abroad.
The College can deliver courses customized to any jurisdiction’s needs, from how to handle small claims to how to handle capital cases.
Enjoy The NJC Experience without leaving your office! Webinars cover cutting-edge topics and are taught by national experts. Each is designed to be interactive, engaging and practical.
Web-based courses replicate the collegial atmosphere of the College’s in-person courses. You’ll interact with judges from around the country. Each course meets for at least two prescheduled web conferences hosted by faculty.
We offer online self-paced programs for judges of all types. The programs are free, self-paced and taught by subject-matter experts. And the selection is constantly being updated.
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The College offers many courses that may be applied toward a master’s or a doctorate in judicial studies awarded by the University of Nevada, Reno Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program.
The College offers certificates in Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Appellate Judicial Skills, Leadership Enrichment & Jurisprudence Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills.
The College’s National Tribal Judicial Center, launched in 2002, is one of the only institutions that serves the specific needs of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal law judiciaries. Although many courses pertain only to tribal court judges and personnel, the College encourages participants to consider other courses offered by the NJC that will enhance professional skills. In addition to regular courses, the NTJC offers specific programs – such as the Tribal Criminal Proceedings Enhancement Program – for a higher level of tribal judicial expertise.
- Tribal Court Management
- Advanced Tribal Bench Skills
- Writing for Tribal Judges
- Fundamentals of Evidence
Administrative law courses enhance professional skills, promote knowledge of substantive law, and improve management and technical skills.
- Administrative Law: Fair Hearing
- Administrative Law: Advanced
- Evidence Challenges for Administrative Law Judges
- Ethics for Administrative Law Judges
Courts of general jurisdiction hear all state court case types: civil, criminal, family, probate, and mental health. Unlike some other court types, a jury trial is possible. In some smaller or more rural jurisdictions, the judge hears all case types as a matter of necessity rather than design.
- General Jurisdiction
- Handling Capital Cases
- Conducting the Trial
Traffic cases are some of the most evidence-heavy cases over which judges may preside. Additionally, traffic matters may be heard through agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles or through state courts – even tribal and military courts hear traffic matters.
Judges who preside over traffic matters may benefit from:
- Fourth Amendment: Comprehensive Search and Seizure
- Drugged Driving Essentials and Impaired Driving Essentials
- Traffic Issues in the 21st Century
- Behind the Wheel: Today’s Traffic Offender
A “special court” is one of limited jurisdiction or one designed to provide specific treatment or sanctions. Examples include: drug courts, justice courts, municipal courts, domestic violence courts, or small claims court. Many courses that appeal to special court judges feature sessions on addictive behavior and pharmacology, court security, therapeutic justice and appropriate sentencing.
- Special Court Jurisdiction
- Handling Small Claims Cases Effectively
- Managing Challenging Family Law Cases
The College has worked with all branches of the military. Military judges regularly participate in the College’s certificate programs and have completed the judicial studies degree program.
Examples of custom courses for military judges:
- Advanced Evidence for the Joint Military Judges Annual Training
- Judicial Decision Making and Writing for the Navy and Marine Corps Trial Judiciary
- Judicial Writing and Judicial Ethics for the Joint Military Judges Annual Training Century