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Founded as an activity of the American Bar Association in 1963 and
originally called the National College of State Trial Judges, The
NJC, a nonprofit educational corporation, has been located on the
campus of the University of Nevada, Reno since 1965. The Judicial
College Building contains classrooms, discussion areas, and offices
for the staff who administer the College's programs. A law library
of more than 60,000 volumes and modern computerized research
capabilities is available to faculty and participants.
The faculty consists of more than 250 active judges, justices, and
law professors who volunteer their time and talents. The judicial
faculty is supplemented by professionals from various other
The NJC is the leading residential judicial education institution in
the country for state trial judges, federal and state administrative
law judges, and court officials. Its objective is to improve justice
through national programs of education and training directed toward
judge proficiency (competence), performance (conduct) and
productivity (case flow).
Maintaining a mix of of private and public funding, major support has
come from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Max C. Fleischmann
Foundation of Reno, the State of Nevada, the ABA, the U.S. Department
of Justice and a number of corporate, foundation and individual
gifts. Participant's tuition makes up approx. 30% of the budget
The College is presently conducting a major development effort for
endowment funds so that its mission can be continued and its
The NJC offers a variety of courses to more than 2000 judges and
other court personnel each year. In addition to offering resident
courses ranging from two and a half days to 3 weeks in duration, NJC
sponsors seminars and conferences on important social and legal
issues such as bioethics, victim's rights, jail and prison
overcrowding, and the courts and the elderly. Over 90 judges are
currently enrolled in the Master of Judicial Studies degree program.
Since 1965, NJC has conducted more than 400 programs in cooperation
with state and national judicial organizations.
Fees for NJC courses range from $280 to $2,120 with the typical one-
week course costing $870 exclusive of travel and living expenses.
Limited scholarship funding may be available for those wishing to
attend NJC programs.
In addition to training courses the NJC also has a number of
affordable publications designed for judges, by judges including 'THE
JUDGE'S BOOK', 'INHERENT POWERS OF THE COURTS - SWORD AND SHIELD OF
THE JUDICIARY', CAPITAL CASES BENCHBOOK' and others.
For more information about the NJC and its courses and publications
The National Judicial College
Judicial College Bldg.
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557
(702)784-6747 / 1(800)25-JUDGE / Fax:(702)784-4234
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