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  1. How is seating determined?
  2. Who may enroll in Institute programs?
  3. How do I know if a program is appropriate for my skill level?
  4. How do I apply to register for a program?
  5. Once I have notified the Institute that I wish to attend a program, am I registered?
  6. How do I know I am registered?
  7. How do I know if I am on the wait list for a particular program?
  8. What happens if I cannot attend a course for which I am registered or am on the wait list?
  9. Why is it important for me to withdraw if I realize I cannot attend a class for which I am registered, or for which I am on the wait list?
  10. Instead of withdrawing, can’t I just give my seat to a colleague who is on the wait list, or who may not have registered for a particular program?
  11. What happens if I arrive for a program and my name is not on the roster?
  12. What about Continuing Legal Education credit?
   
   
  1. How can I find out when new programs are announced?

The Institute posts program announcements on its web page well in advance of the program dates. You can check for new announcements by going to njadvocacyinstitute.com and checking the Course Calendar. The Institute also has an e-mail list for new program announcements. If you are interested in being added to our e-mail list, please send us your e-mail address and the name of your agency.

2. Is there any fee for Institute programs?

Currently, there is no fee for Istitute programs.

3. How is seating determined?

As noted in answer number 1 (above), Institute programs are open to all New Jersey government attorneys and, in some instances, other government personnel. Seating preference is given to personnel from those departments and agencies that directly fund Institute programs. All others are seated in the order in which they apply for registration, space allowing.

4. Who may enroll in Institute programs?

Institute programs are open to attorneys in the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety and other state and local governmental entities within New Jersey, including county prosecutors' offices. Particular programs may also be open to government attorneys from other jurisdictions, whether state or federal, as well as paraprofessionals and investigators. Institute programs are NOT open to the private bar. If you have any questions about whether or not you are eligible to attend a particular program, e-mail us.

5. How do I know if a program is appropriate for my skill level?

Institute program announcements state who should attend each program based on subject matter and/or skill level. For our "learn-by-doing" workshop programs, we endeavor to group participants by skill level. If you are unsure about the appropriateness of any program for your skill level or area of practice, please contact the Institute.

6. How do I apply to register for a program?

Most State and county employees are able to register for this course by going to http://reg.dcj.lps.state.nj.us/login.aspx?portalid=2 and creating an AGAI Course Registration account. To do so, your computer must be attached to the government's Garden State Network. Upon opening the AGAI Course Registration System home page, you will see the Create Account link in the Login Box. Click on it and create your account, which will include you selecting a user name and password. Once you create your account, you can access the AGAI Course Registration System at http://reg.dcj.lps.state.nj.us/login.aspx?portalid=2 to register for future courses or to manage your account. Please retain your user name and password for your records.

If you are unable to access the AGAI Course Registration System through the Garden State Network, kindly email the Advocacy Institute at: AdvocacyInstitute@lps.state.nj.us for an authorization code to allow you access to the AGAI Course Registration System through the My New Jersey portal. Setting up your account through the portal is a two-step process, the details of which are set forth in the next paragraph.

Once you receive the portal authorization code you will be prompted to go to the My New Jersey portal at http://www.state.nj.us/ and create a portal account, if you do not already have one. This is Step 1 of the process. Once you have set up your portal account, you need to set up your AGAI Course Registration System account. This is Step 2. To do so, log on to the My New Jersey Portal http://www.state.nj.us/. Upon opening the AGAI Course Registration System home page, you will see the Create Account link in the Login Box. Click on it and create your account, which will include you selecting a new user name and password. Once you create your account, you can access the AGAI Course Registration System at http://reg.dcj.lps.state.nj.us/login.aspx?portalid=2 to register for future courses or to manage your account. Please retain your user name and password for your records.

7. Once I have notified the Institute that I wish to attend a program, am I registered?

When you do apply for a program, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application. That is all this e-mail is, an acknowledgment of receipt. It is not a registration confirmation. You will, as noted in number 9 (below), receive a second e-mail confirming you are registered, usually within 72 hours of applying.

8. How do I know I am registered?

If you are registered, you will receive a second e-mail, usually within 72 hours of applying, informing you of the same. Thus, if you do not receive this e-mail you are not registered. Instead, you are on the wait list. We have had several incidences of people arriving for programs believing they were registered because they received the acknowledgment e-mail, but not the second e-mail confirming their registration. This is unfortunate, as we could not accommodate some of these people. Remember, venues have set capacities, and we cannot exceed those limits for safety and accreditation purposes.

9. How do I know if I am on the wait list for a particular program?

We do not send wait list confirmations anymore. If you do not get a registration confirmation within 72 hours of applying, you may assume you are on the wait list. If a seat becomes available, we will open it to the next person on the wait list. If you are unsure if you are registered or not, you can check by logging into your account on the AGAI Registration System and clicking on My Account. You will be given a drop down menu. Then click on My Classes and this will list all programs you have either applied for and/or for which you have been confirmed. If it says "confirmed," then you are registered for the program. If, however, it says "applied" next to the program then you are not confirmed (i.e., registered) for that class, and are on the wait list.

10. What happens if I cannot attend a course for which I am registered or am on the wait list?

If for some reason you cannot attend a program for which you are registered or are on the wait list, please remember to withdraw as soon as possible. You can do so by going to into your account on the AGAI Registration System and clicking on My Account. You will be given a drop down menu. Click on My Classes and this will list all programs you have either applied for and/or for which you have been confirmed. You may withdraw from a program by clicking the delete button next to the program title. We cannot withdraw for you on this system. Thus, please remember to follow these directions when withdrawing.

11. Why is it important for me to withdraw if I realize I cannot attend a class for which I am registered, or for which I am on the wait list?

Withdrawing promptly is important because it will open the seat to a colleague on the wait list. Also, from your perspective, the new system keeps a list of all the classes you attend. This is an excellent tool for tracking compliance with your BCLE obligations. It also helps us help you in identifying those programs for which you may have misplaced your attendance documentation. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to withdraw as noted in number 10 (above).

12. Instead of withdrawing, can’t I just give my seat to a colleague who is on the wait list, or who may not have registered for a particular program?

No. Please remember that seats are not allocated to certain programs or agencies, nor are they yours to reassign to a colleague. Again, if you cannot attend a program, we ask that you please withdraw as noted in number 10 (above) so that your seat can be made available to the next person on the wait list. This is fair to those on the wait list who timely applied, but for whom no seat was available.

13. What happens if I arrive for a program and my name is not on the roster?

If you arrive at a program and are not on the roster, which the system generates based upon those properly registered, we have no choice but to consider you on the wait list. Thus, you will need to wait until those we have as registered are seated before we can consider seating you, which usually is a few minutes into the program to allow a reasonable amount of time for those registered to arrive. We ask that you continue cooperating with us in this regard to help ease delays in the sign-in process.

14. What about Continuing Legal Education credit?

The Institute is an accredited New Jersey and Pennsylvania CLE provider. Institute courses are eligible for CLE credit in New Jersey, New York (through New York’s approved jurisdiction policy) and Pennsylvania. The eligible credit hours for each course are listed on the program announcement.

 
   
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