The Mississippi Judicial College, a division of the University of Mississippi School of Law, was founded in 1970 by the late Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat Jr. Through the efforts of Judge Sweat, the Judicial College began its existence as the first full-time state judicial education program in the nation, with a modest grant of $90,000 and a part-time staff. The Judicial College has evolved into a respected integral part of the UM School of Law and is now supported with more than $1 million funded annually through the State Court Education Fund. At present, it has a staff of nine.
The Judicial College provides continuing legal judicial education and training for supreme court justices; court of appeal judges; chancery, circuit, county, justice and municipal court judges; youth court judges and referees; and court administrators, court clerks and court reporters.
Mississippi Judicial College’s Mission
The mission of the Mississippi Judicial College is the
1) Education and training of Mississippi’s court-related personnel, including some 2,800 judges, court administrators, court clerks and court reporters;
2) Provision of technical assistance to the courts of Mississippi, including publications, research and support of projects to improve the administration of justice; and
3) Supply of current and accurate information to the Mississippi Legislature concerning the needs of the courts.
Now in its 41st year of service, the Mississippi Judicial College participates in model projects on regional and national levels, which include faculty training and substantive law topics. Communication with the entire state court system has enabled the Judicial College to recruit volunteers to participate in training programs, publications and committees. These volunteers represent all segments of society, including legal, educational and governmental positions, and their participation ensures a practical approach to the Judicial College’s mission.
MJC’s Board of Governors and MJC’s Constituent Advisory Committee – click here for a list.