How to be a federal judge

June 2, 2011
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Some people learn by just jumping in and doing; others prefer to do their homework to prepare for a new experience. For these people, if becoming a federal judge is on your career aspirations list, then take a look at “Path to the Federal Bench.”

It’s been created by several legal groups, including the American Constitution Society, National Association of Women Judges, and the National Bar Association, with the goal of educating young attorneys and law students on the Article III federal judgeship process and diversifying the bench. They want students and new attorneys to be thinking ahead and begin preparing themselves to become a federal judge if that’s something they think they’d like to do in the future.

The 34-page guide gives insight on everything from how to become nominated to the Senate vote. It advises young lawyers to keep tabs on everything they’ve ever written that’s been published and warns them that the background checks will likely find anything they are trying to hide, so make sure to pay your taxes and don’t be a criminal.

The pamphlet, as it’s described by the authors, emphasizes that there is no one way to become a federal judge and provides biographies of recent federal judges to support that point. It also lists resources for those interested in learning more about becoming a federal judge.

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