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admissions criteria

Judicial Education Based in Washington, D.C.

Admissions criteria to the College are designed to increase the size and quality of the pool of individuals from which future judges and other judicial professionals are selected and to aid in identifying judicial aspirants having the highest level of overall "judicial skills," including, for example, skills in active objective inquiry, data, and conflict analysis, conflict resolution, fact-finding, risk analysis, uncertainty assessment, bias awareness, detecting deception, logic, reasoning, quantifying, predicting, problem-solving, arbitrating, and mediating.

Reversal data, state by state (see Home Page, "Projects"), enables targeted analysis of causes and rates of serious court / judicial error. These and other studies help to better define, understand, quantify, and weigh "judicial skills." Specifically, prejudicial academic and professional training and other background characteristics statistically associated, across the nation, with low rates of serious error are built into the admissions criteria of the D.C. Judicial College. Rates and causes of error are examined against judicial characteristics to develop world-class admissions criteria for a model U.S. judicial curriculum. 

Established as a full-time, multidisciplinary state judicial curriculum geared to the American system of jurisprudence, the D.C. Judicial College serves a recognized need by implementing American Bar Association (ABA) Resolution 113 (2009), while improving and modernizing the U.S. judiciary, particularly below the federal courts. The D.C. Judicial College is designed for those aspiring to a judicial career; an overarching purpose is to afford future judicial professionals an opportunity to meaningfully test and further develop their judicial skills. In the words of the ABA's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, a state judicial education for future U.S. judges will help to "bridge the divide between those jurisdictions electing and those appointing judges." The D.C. Judicial College employs empirical-based admissions criteria, specific to the judicial profession, to aid in identifying applicants having, prior to admission, exceptionally good judicial skills. This is followed by a rigorous curriculum to develop advanced skills, and to fine-tune the exeptional core judicial skills of those matriculating. Contact us to learn more about the admissions standards and process.

Judge, Law Education in Washington, DC

We Focus on Judicial Skills:

• Active / Objective Inquiry, Listening
• Quantitative, Assimilation
• Logic, Reasoning
• Problem Solving
• Objectivity / Neutrality
• Conflict Analysis / Resolution
• Court Management
• Influence / Bias Recognition
• Deception Detection
• Discerning Facts
• Ascertaining Relevance
• Coaching, Mentoring, Being Mentored
• Data Analysis / Synthesis

The objectives of judges are typically much different than those of lawyers, and judicial skills are much different than lawyering/advocacy skills. For example, lawyers principally advocate, while judges are required to not advocate. Formalized judicial eduction is a relatively new concept in the U.S., particularly below the federal level, but it is taking hold and taking off. Further your judicial education with the D.C. Judicial College in Washington, D.C.

Contact us to learn more about our judicial courses.