Did you receive formal judicial education before you heard your first case?

At the NJC’s founding in 1963, some legal professionals worried that if judges sought out further education it would be like admitting their own inadequacy. Today many states provide an orientation to new judges, and military judges must attend and graduate from a three-week intensive training course, but no national standards exist for what judges should know before they take the bench.  What was your experience? Had you received formal coursework in how to be a judge before you became one?

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