This article addresses the six lessons that I learned from creating an online learning program. Some of the lessons are obvious (at least now they are) and some are more obscure.
For many years, The National Judicial College (NJC) has heard from judges about the unavailability of education for judges who have been recently elected or appointed. These judges often take the bench without any formal education other than a briefing from their future court clerks. To remedy this gap in education, the NJC created an online, self-study course for newly elected or appointed general jurisdiction judges to educate them about their new role.
Judges do not always start their terms at the same time. Learn what a few states have done to bridge the gap between an annual new judge training and the non-regular times when someone starts on the bench and needs training most.