12 months
21592 USD/year
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Judicial Studies program at University of Nevada, Reno is a specialized degree program for judges. Offered and supported by a number of judicial organizations, the University offers this degree for currently employed judges wishing to advance their education.


Why Get an MJS in Judicial Studies?

  • Provides access to cutting-edge knowledge from diverse faculty members
  • Improves legal critical/analytical skills
  • Sharpens writing skills and improves opinion writing
  • Contributes to the growing judicial studies knowledge pool
  • Helps recharge judicial batteries

Further, the Judicial Studies program at University of Nevada, Reno is a challenging, stimulating academic degree program designed to:

  • Provide a structured, interdisciplinary academic curriculum applicable to judicial needs
  • Encourage students to take an active role in teaching, planning and administering judicial education
  • Provide experience (by virtue of the MJS thesis and dissertation requirements) in conducting and publishing research of interest and applicability to the judicial system
  • Provide an academic degree program having national scope and impact

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • General Jurisdiction
  • Special Court Jurisdiction–Advanced
  • Administrative Law: Fair Hearing
  • Judicial Writing
  • History and Theory of Jurisprudence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Prospective students who are full-time sitting judges, graduates of an ABA accredited law school, and meet the general requirements of the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School, will be considered. Exceptions may be made for full-time sitting international judges, full-time judges who graduated from recognized foreign law schools or non-accredited American law school and have been admitted to the Bar.
  • Admission to the UNR Graduate School requires an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.75 on a scale of 4.0, or an average of at least 3.0 for courses taken during the last half of the undergraduate program, and a completed baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • If the undergraduate GPA does not meet this criteria, admission to graduate standing on a prescribed program may be considered.
  • Scores of standardized tests such as the GRE are not required for application to the Judicial Studies Program. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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