Judges on career list with no future

November 30, 2010
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If you went to law school with aspirations of becoming a judge some day, that future may not be so realistic if you believe an article by CBS’ MoneyWatch. A recent slideshow of “10 high-paying careers with no future” includes judges. The author says the website used stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011” to come up with the list.

“By 2018, the BLS predicts that there will be 700 fewer jobs for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates, than there were in 2008, thanks mainly to budget cuts. And since the average tenure for a judge is 14 years, turnover is glacial,” the article says. It also points out that fewer judges are leaving the bench for private practice or general counsel jobs since the economy went south a few years ago.

The list also includes fashion designers, travel agents, insurance writers, and newspaper reporters.

Does this list come as a surprise to you or impact your thoughts on pursuing a job on the bench?

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