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The Career path to being a Federal Judge

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Where networking and contacts are important to becoming a state judge, the concept is taken to an even higher level on the road to federal judgeship. And political ideology plays a prominent role.

The Career Path To Being A Federal Judge

Federal judges are nominated by the President, confirmed by the United States Senate, and serve a life term. Potential nominees are usually recommended by members of the Senate who are from the President's political party. The Senate Judiciary Committee is responsible for conducting confirmation hearings for each nominee. In this framework, whom you know as well as your political leanings count.

"Generally, you should try to get to know your Senator[s], and it helps if you end up working in the federal administration or with people who know people with close contacts to the White House," said Michael J. Gerhardt, Arthur B. Hanson Professor at William & Mary Law School, and author of the second editions of The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis and The Federal Appointments Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis.

Gerhardt stresses that one's politics plays a major role in becoming a federal judge.

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