Attorney General's Advocacy Institute

“I want it to become known that the Attorney General’s Office offers the best training an attorney can obtain, anywhere in this state.”

Former Attorney General John J. Farmer Jr., announcing the creation of the Advocacy Institute

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute provides training that meets the practice needs of deputy and assistant attorneys general, county prosecutors and other government lawyers.  The AGAI runs litigation skills courses and lecture programs and is an accredited New Jersey and Pennsylvania continuing legal education provider.  From its start in 2000, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute has grown into one of the largest and finest providers of professional development programs in the attorney general community.

Former Attorney General John J. Farmer. Jr. established the Advocacy Institute in May 2000 to enhance the administration of justice in the State and ensure that attorneys representing governmental entities maintain the highest degree of professionalism.  In its early years, the AGAI primarily provided litigation skills training. With the 2010 advent of mandatory continuing legal education in New Jersey, the AGAI’s curriculum rapidly expanded to encompass a wide variety of practical skills programs and topical presentations covering the diverse areas of public sector law practice.  The AGAI also became an accredited CLE provider for New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

In spring 2020, the Advocacy Institute moved into its own conference center in the RJ Hughes Justice Complex, with state-of-the art classrooms and trial rooms.  At the same time, circumstances required that the AGAI shift to web-based courses.  No matter what the learning platform, the AGAI strives to provide a broad range of programs to address the continuing education needs of government attorneys, focusing on its core constituencies of deputy and assistant attorneys general and county prosecutors.  From its inception to the present day, the AGAI remains committed to providing government attorneys with the highest quality legal training.