Have you ever wished you were Judge Judy?
As a judge, you're a recognized legal professional.
Learning more about the career can help you determine if it's the right path for you.
What Does A Judge Do?
A judge oversees a trial or hearing by serving as an impartial referee, making decisions on which arguments, questions and evidence are admissible (valid or legally allowed).
Judges will sometimes hand down a ruling (decision on the case), and determine the sentence (punishment) during trials.
Some judges hear cases alone and decide by themselves, while others work with other judges to deliver rulings based on majority rule.
In the US, some judges are elected officials and also do similar campaigning as politicians.
Many federal judicial positions require legislative confirmation and are lifetime appointments.
A judge decides a case based on:
How Do I Become A Judge?
There's a relatively set path for becoming a judge:
Earn a bachelor's degree in any subject
Take the Law School Admission Test
Attend law school and earn a Juris Doctorate (a fancy name for a law degree)
Pass the bar exam
Create your resume (focus on legal skills and experiences)
Consider becoming a clerk (working for a judge will help you understand the job)
Earn your judgeship — elected or appointed
What's The Salary?
Judges in the United States make an average of $89,000/USD a year . The range is from $14,000 to $222,000 per year based on full-time employment. Some judges can be part-time as well.
Judges in Canada average $100,000/CAD year . The range is from $88,000 to $140,000 CAD a year. Canadian judges are also full-time for the most part as well.
I want to be a judge because:
Pros And Cons
You'll love it if you:
Like to have a respected position in society
Can decide cases fairly
Want to help people resolve disputes
Don't like dealing with clients
Want a chance to shape the law
This might not be for you if:
Having a heavy workload is troubling
You don't want to deal with lawyers, defendants, and law all day
You don't want to be in the public eye
You don't have patience explaining things to people
Do you already have some of the skills?
Critical Thinking 🧐
Resolving Conflict ⚖
Analyzing the law 🧾📜
If you're interested in becoming a judge: