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Judicial Administration Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration

Overview
Who Should Apply?
Courses
Schedule and Course Delivery
Qualifications
Application Process
Continue Your Education
Partnership
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“Working in the California judicial branch today is an exciting opportunity to contribute towards maintaining a strong and impartial judicial system that will be accessible to the public we serve. The Sacramento State program provides students with an opportunity to learn from individuals that have been involved in the California judicial system during some of the most dynamic and innovative times for the judiciary. The Administrative Office of the Courts is excited to participate in a program that will introduce and inspire individuals to a career in judicial administration.” William C. Vickrey, Administrative Director of the Courts

“Less than a month after graduating from the Judicial Administration program, I had the job of my dreams. Being the CEO of a court wouldn’t have been possible without the JA program.” Hector Gonzalez, Jr., Court Executive Officer, Mono County Superior Court

Overview

An executive or manager in today’s court system must be a jack-of-all-trades in legal and fiscal matters, human resources, as well as in facilities management and contract negotiation. The complexity and scope of executive/managerial jobs require future leaders to be skilled in using current technology, implementing innovative business theories and applying academic knowledge. Working in the California judicial branch is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a strong and impartial third branch of government.

The Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration program at the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State provides students with an opportunity to learn from current leaders in the California judicial system during one of the most dynamic and innovative eras for the branch. The end result will provide the judicial branch with leaders who make a difference in how justice is provided in their courts, in their communities, with the media – and particularly – in successful practice of overall judicial administration.

In conjunction with the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Sacramento State, the College of Continuing Education is launching a new hybrid distance education Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration program in April 2013 to serve a greater statewide audience. One of a few of its kind in the nation, the program was developed in close cooperation with the California Administrative Office of the Courts and others directly involved in judicial administration.

Who Should Apply?

The four-course certificate in judicial administration is designed for highly motivated individuals currently working in the courts and for those interested in a potential career of court administration. This program greatly enhances certificate holders’ skills, enabling them to work with judges and stakeholders and secure higher levels of responsibility within the court system. Certificate holders climb the career ladder in the courts to obtain well-paid executive positions.

Courses

PPA 291: Court Governance and Operations
PPA 292: Court Management
PPA 293: Court Leadership
PPA 294: Emerging Issues in Judicial Administration

Tuition:
$450 per unit (price subject to change)

Schedule and Course Delivery

Convenient scheduling is provided to support working professionals. Courses will be offered with a combination of face-to-face instruction and online learning including video streaming and Blackboard teaching technologies. Only two Friday and Saturday in-person class meetings per 16 week course (except for the last class meeting, which will meet on Thursday and Friday) with one meeting taking place in Sacramento and the other in Irvine.

Sacramento Location:
Administrative Office of the Courts - Northern/Central Regional Office
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA  95833

Irvine Location:
Orange County Superior Court - Irvine Facility
17112 Armstrong Avenue
Irvine, CA  92614

Orientation in Sacramento: March 22, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sacramento State College of Continuing Education
Napa Hall, Room 2004
3000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA  95819

PPA 291:  April 5, 2013 - July 25, 2013
Irvine:  May 10-11, 2013
Sacramento:  June 14-15, 2013

PPA 292:  August 23, 2013 - December 12, 2013
Irvine:  September 13-14, 2013
Sacramento:  October 18-19, 2013

PPA 293:  January 10, 2014 - May 1, 2014
Irvine:  February 7-8, 2014
Sacramento:  March 21-22, 2014

PPA 294:  June 6, 2014 - September 25, 2014
Irvine:  July 18-19, 2014
Sacramento:  September 4-5, 2014

Graduation Celebration in Sacramento:  Friday, September 5, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Many of the dedicated faculty are working professionals in the field of court administration.

  • Sherry Dorfman, former Assistant CEO for Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Alexander Aikman, former CEO of El Dorado County Superior Court
  • Alan Slater, former CEO of Orange County Superior Court
  • Kathleen Howard, Executive Director of California Board of State & Community Corrections
  • Michael Roddy, CEO of San Diego County Superior Court

Qualifications

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (must be awarded before beginning first semester of the program). A GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate course work and in the last 60 units is strongly recommended.

Applicants should also demonstrate relevant professional work experience within the court system. Applicants will be screened for their demonstrated interest in the court environment and for the aptitude to complete the program over a four-semester sequence. Current court employees who desire to further their careers in the courts are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Our plan is to start a new cohort in late fall 2014. Applications will be due sometime in the summer. Please email palaspas@csus.edu if you'd like to be placed on the list to receive more information as it becomes available.   

A complete application packet includes the following:

  1. Program application
  2. One to two page single-spaced statement addressing purpose for pursuing Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration
  3. Official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State
  4. Two recommendation forms and attached letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor and one from an individual in a professional or academic position familiar with the applicant's work)
  5. Curriculum vitae or resume demonstrating relevant professional work experience
  6. $50 non-refundable application-processing fee (check or money order payable to CSUS)
    • Submit application materials together to:
      Sacramento State College of Continuing Education
      Attn: JA program
      3000 State University Drive
      Sacramento, CA 95819-6103

Continue Your Education

Courses taken in the Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration program may be used toward the six units of elective credit required for a master’s degree at Sacramento State in public policy and administration with a concentration in judicial administration.

Partnership

The Graduate Certificate in Judicial Administration program originated as a pilot project in September 2007 and is academically based in the public policy and administration graduate program at Sacramento State. It is a partnership of the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), California Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, the 58 trial courts and Sacramento State.

For more information, please contact:

Candice Palaspas, 916-278-2799, palaspas@csus.edu

Course Offerings

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Core Courses
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