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Miller32
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Becoming a Judge

Postby Miller32 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:42 pm

What's the typical route? Clearly most are going to practice for awhile first, but after some time passes what's the typical move to get on the bench? Just be well-connected politically?

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Re: Becoming a Judge

Postby anon168 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:52 pm

Miller32 wrote:What's the typical route? Clearly most are going to practice for awhile first, but after some time passes what's the typical move to get on the bench? Just be well-connected politically?


Yup. And throw in a good bit of luck.

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Re: Becoming a Judge

Postby HeavenWood » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:17 pm

anon168 wrote:
Miller32 wrote:What's the typical route? Clearly most are going to practice for awhile first, but after some time passes what's the typical move to get on the bench? Just be well-connected politically?


Yup. And throw in a good bit of luck.

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cinephile
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Re: Becoming a Judge

Postby cinephile » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:53 pm

Drop out of law school, get elected as a judge.

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Re: Becoming a Judge

Postby clockwerk » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:12 pm

Take a look at some of the judgeship applications online. That'll give you an idea as to what different districts are looking for. The process varies by court -- federal v. state and appointed v. elected, for example. Federal courts tend to favor experienced litigators, and it's unusual for a law clerk to become a federal judge. State courts, I've heard, do have judges who transitioned over from being law clerks.

The caveat to this info is that my limited exposure to judgeship selection is through knowing people who've gone through or are planning to go through the selection process.




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