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Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program

Via Mary Whisner – Research Services Librarian- Gallagher Law Library, Univ. of Washington School of Law – “I came across theses from the University of Nevada Reno’s graduate program in judicial studies and thought I’d share. The Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program has been carefully designed to accommodate the busy schedules and demands facing judicial officers. Our model provides the flexibility necessary for judges to complete their degrees while maintaining full time employment and also provides unsurpassed opportunities to learn from and network with expert faculty and judicial colleagues. Although the University confers the degrees, the program operates in collaboration with the National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) to offer a broad range of core and elective courses for our students. Further, program faculty are drawn from institutions from across the country, including the University of Nevada, Reno; University of California, Berkeley; University of Virginia; University of Minnesota; NJC and NCJFCJ; and others. Each is a recognized expert in his or her field (e.g., law, medicine, social science, literature, economics, media, etc.) with extensive experience teaching advanced students and judicial officers. So far, 25 theses are posted, with dates from 2013 to 2018. Topics vary. Some are historical; others are empirical.  Many look interesting. The first one I came across was in Google Scholar and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, so it’s not like you’d never find these if you were looking for a specific topic. But it’s nice to be able to browse. For instance, I saw a study of juvenile diversion programs written by the Juvenile Corrections Manager of a nearby county, and sent the link along to our folks who are interested in juvenile justice. I wouldn’t have gone out looking for that specific study, but was happy to see it when I did.”

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