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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 disciplines.
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 needs.
The College is presently conducting a major development effort for endowment funds so that its mission can be continued and its independence maintained.
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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