December 4 – 7, 2017 | Location Austin, TX | Tuition $1,349 | Conference Fee $499 What’s this?

No Supreme Court decision is made in a vacuum of law and precedence. Each case comes to us crafted out of the philosophical world view of the men and women sitting on the Court. That view is tempered by the social, political and economic currents of the times. Spend four days with the faculty in beautiful Austin, Texas, while you explore the philosophical underpinnings of many of the significant Supreme Court cases that have shaped our current legal environment. Toward the course end, the faculty will review current Supreme Court cases and open the class to a thoughtful discussion of future legal issues.


Course Objectives

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the philosophical background of the U.S. as a democracy;
  • Summarize the unique role that certain individuals have played in the American judicial system;
  • Outline current and future issues facing the judicial system;
  • Analyze cases to understand their potential impact on future cases;
  • Articulate the elements of an effective democracy; and
  • Identify what values and goals a successful judicial system should include.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

InterContinential Stephen F. Austin Hotel
The hotel for this course will be the InterContinential Stephen F. Austin Hotel. The InterContinental Stephen F. Austin provides lodging just four blocks from the Austin State Capitol and puts you within walking distance of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the University of Texas, and the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.The group room rate is $229 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 8.25%) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until November 12, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.Make your reservation by calling 1-800-235-4670 and referencing “The National Judicial College” or by clicking here.

This course does not qualify for credits in the Judicial Studies degree program. It does, however, qualify for the Certificate in Judicial Development, Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills programs.