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How to Become a Supreme Court Judge

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The court is made up of only nine judges: eight associate judges and a chief justice who oversees the associate judges. Because justices serve for life, it is an extremely competitive and limited career path. For those interested in getting a job as a Supreme Court justice, be prepared to start your job search decades in advance. In fact, preparing as a youth will give you more opportunity and ensure you have the law experience needed.

Begin by taking an interest in the law and court procedures in middle and high school. At school join a mock trial team, debate team, run for school office, become a peer leader, and take part in other clubs and activities to develop leadership, communication, and ethical skills. Visit the Supreme Court to see in action the work done by an attorney or justice.

Look for summer or after-school opportunities involving the law. Local politicians, magistrate offices, and non-partisan groups may be looking for help. Internship positions at this level will allow interested individuals to better understand the law and give them an insider's point of view of how the judicial system works.

Before becoming a judge, you will probably have to start as an attorney. Though the Constitution does not require that a justice of the court be a lawyer beforehand, all of the justices started out as lawyers.

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