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The Criminal Law Department teaches core courses and advanced criminal law electives to mid-career judge advocates who are pursuing an LL.M. in Military Law.  The department also offers an LL.M. in Military Law with a Criminal Law sub-specialty to those who satisfy department criteria based on credit hours awarded and graded achievement within the department. The department also oversees all Court Reporter courses.

The department provides criminal law instruction required for the certification of military judges, trial counsel (prosecutors), defense counsel, special victim counsel (attorneys who represent victims of sexual offenses), and  new judge advocates.  Additionally, the department provides criminal law and leadership short-course instruction to military justice managers, Reserve Component judge advocates, and  non-legal officers and noncommissioned officers in command and leadership positions.  The department also provides support to non-resident off-site instruction.

The department provides instruction in diverse subjects such as evidence, crimes and defenses, self-incrimination, sixth amendment, discovery, jurisdiction, mental responsibility, pretrial procedure, pretrial restraint and speedy trial, search and seizure, capital litigation, pleas and pretrial agreements, sentencing, unlawful command influence, professional responsibility, and post-trial procedures and appeals.  All criminal law professors have extensive criminal law backgrounds and have served in diverse criminal law assignments world-wide.

The short-courses listed below are offered to uniformed personnel by invitation only.  The course listing includes Court Reporter courses. Those interested in attending a short-course should contact the department administrator within the TJAGLCS directory. 

COURSES COURSES

JUDGE ADVOCATE COURSES

4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: August 2019.

Scope: The Military Justice Leaders Course provides military justice leaders with specialized training on the effective management of criminal justice legal systems, processes, and personnel. Through classroom instruction and highly qualified peer mentorship, students will learn how to supervise, train and develop their subordinate counsel; obtain an in-depth understanding of the rules and methodologies of pretrial preparation and processes (selecting panel members, negotiating plea agreements, utilizing the new procedures available under Article 30a), achieve an understanding of the rules and best practices of post-trial court-martial actions, while exploring select specialized topics, e.g., working with Special Victim Counsel and leading and managing civilian employees.

Prerequisites: This course is designed for active duty Judge Advocates from all services who currently serve, or are scheduled to serve, as military justice managers, in particular, chiefs of justice and senior defense counsel. Reserve component Judge Advocates, senior non-commissioned officers and senior civilian personnel may also attend on a space available basis. 

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

3 Weeks. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: April 2019.

Scope: Provides military attorneys with advanced schooling required to qualify as full-time military judges at courts-martial.  Topics covered include the following: substantive military criminal law; trial procedures; defenses; instructions; evidence; current military judicial issues; and professional responsibility. 

Prerequisites: This course is limited to Judge Advocates who are military judges or about to begin assignments as military judges.  Army officers are selected for attendance by the Chief Trial Judge, U.S. Army Judiciary. Students from other services are nominated by the Chiefs of their respective service judiciaries.  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY. 

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2 Weeks. Offered Twice Annually. Next Offering: October 2020.

Scope: The ITAC is an intensive two-week course designed to prepare intermediate judge advocates to serve as first chair litigators in contested special victim and general crime cases. The course offers a mix of classroom instruction, workshops, expert witness preparation, and mock court-martial exercises. The course focuses on case analysis, trial strategy, trial advocacy, and effective use of the military rules of evidence in a mock-trial competition format.  Special emphasis will be placed on: argument construction, witness and evidence presentation, voir dire, expert witness testimony, and courtroom technology.

Each student serves as both a TC and DC during the two-week course.  Each student tries a special victim case and a general crimes case.  Each student delivers an opening statement, conducts a direct and cross examination of a lay witness and an expert witness, and delivers a closing argument.  

Prerequisites: This course is limited to judge advocates certified as counsel under Article 27(b) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice who are currently assigned to trial advocacy positions.  Applicants must have tried three contested courts-martial and have completed the following training: (1) Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course (JAOBC) and (2) either the New Prosecutor’s Course (NPC) or the Basic Trial Advocacy Course (BTAC) and/or the Defense Counsel Assistance Program (DCAP) DC 101 course, or applicant’s service equivalent.  

Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.  Self-registration is not authorized. This course is offered twice per year.  

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: July 2020.

Scope: This course prepares judge advocates to effectively serve as Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) when appointed. Completion of the course is a prerequisite to performing SVC duties. Core instruction provides a program and policy overview before focusing on the roles, relationships, and professional responsibilities of SVCs throughout sexual assault cases, to include post-trial matters.  Special emphasis is placed upon substantive military law directly related to Special Victim crimes as well as instruction on victim behavior, services, and medical issues.  Guest lecturers discuss victim sensitive interviewing and counseling techniques while judge advocates who have served in both TC and DC capacities, SVP’s and experienced SVC’s offer practical insight into the SVC Program (SVCP).  Participation in practical scenario-driven exercises is a substantial portion of the course.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to Judge Advocates selected to become SVCs.  Pursuant to TJAG Sends (dated 1 Nov 13), if at all practicable, selected SVCs should have trial experience.  Attendance is authorized, if seats are available, for paralegals serving in military justice or legal assistance positions in support of SVCs.  Security clearance is NOT required.  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.

4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: August 2020.

Scope: This course builds upon the Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) Certification Course introducing issues and dynamics inherent in the representation of child and domestic violence victim clients.  Completion of the course is a prerequisite to SVC representation of child victims.  Core instruction is taught via a multitude of experts in the field of child psychology, child development and child forensic interviews.  Likewise, the domestic violence portion of the training is focused on understanding the cycle of violence inherence in domestic violence cases.  Instruction includes identifying indicators of domestic violence and understanding physical, mental, emotional, and psychiatric issues commonly experienced by victims and their family members.  Additional instruction on utilization of Family Advocacy Programs and Guardians Ad Litem will be provided.  There will be panel discussions with veteran SVCs who have represented children and domestic violence victims, and who will offer best practices from the field.  Several practical exercises will allow attendees an opportunity to utilize skills and techniques taught throughout the course.

Prerequisites:  Attendance at this course is by INVITATION ONLY.  Judge Advocates must have completed the SVC Certification Course prior to applying for this course.  Attendees should also have experience as an SVC with adult clients prior to attending this course.  Paralegals serving in military justice or legal assistance positions in support of SVCs may also be considered for attendance.  

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.
 

COURT REPORTER COURSES

7 Weeks. Offered Three Times Annually. Next Offering: July 2019.

Scope: This course provides Paralegal Specialists with the training necessary to perform Court Reporter duties. The course focuses on essential voice writing techniques, speech recognition, and court reporter training for Army Paralegal NCOs and Paralegal Specialists. Included in the curriculum are the following topics: MS Word, basics of court reporting (grammar, proofreading, closed- and open-microphone dictation, and speech recognition); voice theory; court-martial terminology; stages of trial; courtroom management; verbatim records of trial, Military Justice Online, post-trial, and preparation of records of trial.  Note: Those attending the Basic Court Reporter Course must complete the Court Reporter Candidate Course through JAG University prior to attendance.

Prerequisites: Attendees must possess 27D, Paralegal Specialist, as a primary MOS and be in the grade of E4 through E6 (Soldiers in the grade of E1 through E3 and those in the grade of E7 are approved on a case-by-case basis); pass a hearing test; pass the APFT within 6 months of attending the course; meet height and weight requirements IAW AR 600-9; complete the Court Reporter Candidate Course.  Students must have 24 months' time in service remaining upon completion of the course.

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4.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: October 2019.

Scope: The focus of the course is to update government court reporters on significant changes and new developments in Army court reporting. This course also includes ensuring the most up-to-date equipment and techniques are being used, as well as instruction on caseload sharing, which fosters a one-team mentality.  Court reporters that complete this course will be able to perform as managers across several jurisdictions.  This course is geared towards SSG-SFC (E6-E7).  This course is held annually.

Prerequisites: Attendees must be a military or civilian court reporter employed by the U.S. Government in a supervisory or managerial position.

Click the student services link to the right for class schedules and information on attending the course.
 

9.5 Days. Offered Once Annually. Next Offering: October 2019.

Scope: The focus of the course is to provide training and procedural guidance to government court reporters, as well as to adopt best practices.  Further, this course will prepare court reporters for higher leadership positions by incorporating instruction for the development and training of court reporters within their jurisdiction.  This will enable the students to grow and mentor less-experienced personnel, while assisting their respective Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in processing records of trial and post trial actions.  This course is geared towards SGT-SSG (E5-E6).  The course is held annually.

Prerequisites: Attendees must be a graduate of the Basic Court Reporter Course.

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