North Dakota Supreme Court Justices Teaching Institute

Application Timeline

Early Feb.: Applications will be e-mailed to teachers.

April 15: Application Deadline

Mid May: Letters will be sent to successful applicants and their principals informing them of the selection and providing initial instruction.

 

The North Dakota Supreme Court Justices Teaching Institute  is scheduled for October of Even Calendar Years in Bismarck.  All secondary government, history, and social studies teachers are invited to apply to attend this day-and-a-half educational experience.

The Justices Teaching Institute involves the study of the North Dakota court system, judicial decision making, and the United States Constitution. Participants will experience a wide range of sessions, dialogue, and activities with the North Dakota Supreme Court Justices.  Each Institute will focus on the Constitutional Amendment.

The participants play the role of a Justice on the Supreme Court, hearing an oral argument on a constitutional case, conferencing, and then deciding the case.  Teachers walk in the shoes of a Justice by learning how a case makes its way to the Supreme Court and how it is ultimately decided by the court.

There is no fee for this program.  Expenses for lodging, meals, and mileage will be reimbursed.

Credit: The Institute is designed to provide the minimum contact time of 15 program hours, including 12 hours on-site and three additional hours for classroom implementation, as required for the participants to earn one graduate credit from the University of North Dakota. 

If a participant applies for the credit, the credit fee will be reimbursed.

Should you have questions regarding the North Dakota Justice Teaching Institute, contact Lee Ann Barnhardt at 701-328-4251 or email lbarnhardt@ndcourts.gov.