The National Judicial College will offer an all-time record of 18 courses across the country in 2017. This is a significant increase from the number of off-site courses offered in previous years, highlighting our commitment to providing affordable and accessible judicial education. With this increase, we hope to extend our reach and educate as many judges as possible.
Courses in 2017 will be offered in 16 locations, including Sedona, Miami, Napa, Chicago, Nashville and Seattle.
Although we have state-of-the-art-classrooms and a beautiful location here in Reno, we believe that it is important to make sure that all judges have the ability to attend quality judicial education programs. We understand it may not always be easy to travel to Reno to attend courses at the College. Locations for off-site courses are planned carefully, with ease of travel and geographic diversity in mind.
Many NJC alumni have been to Reno four or more times to take courses. By offering off-site courses, we provide opportunities for judges to explore America’s cultural destinations while improving their skills and gaining valuable knowledge. Another benefit of off-site courses is the strong camaraderie that judges develop with each other.
Some off-site courses connect the curriculum with the location or historical events. For example, judges who attend When Justice Fails: Threats to the Independence of the Judiciary have the opportunity to enhance their learning with a guided tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Opportunities like these allow judges to have meaningful discussion about the course’s content and how it ties into current-day issues affecting judges.
The NJC has been hosting off-site courses nationally and around the world for nearly 30 years. We first hit the road in July 1986 when the College hosted a course titled Advanced Seminar on Anglo American Jurisprudence in Oxford, England. Since then, more than 300 courses have been hosted by the NJC in 48 states and 12 countries.