“Beyond the Bench” is a podcast about the legal system produced by the North Carolina Judicial College at the UNC School of Government. It is interview-based, with guests including judges, lawyers, professors, and citizens who have participated in court proceedings. Some interviews focus on guests’ personal experiences and opinions, while others explore discrete legal issues. The podcast is organized by season, with each season focused on a particular type of case. For example, season one is about criminal law, and is hosted by Jeff Welty, a member of the criminal law faculty at the School of Government and the director of the North Carolina Judicial College.
About The School of Government
The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government.
Established in 1931 as the Institute of Government, the School provides educational, advisory, and research services for state and local governments. The School is also home to a nationally ranked Master of Public Administration program and specialized centers focused on community and economic development, information technology, and environmental finance.
About The Judicial College
The North Carolina Judicial College provides education and training for judicial officials, including judges, magistrates, and clerks of court. It includes training for new officials, continuing education seminars, and online offerings such as webinars and self-study modules. The Judicial College is part of the UNC School of Government, and many School of Government faculty members coordinate and teach in its educational programs. For more information about the Judicial College, explore its website.